Monday, March 05, 2007

Two avalanche deaths defy logic.

One man caught in an avalanche recently was buried for 8 hours and lived. Another never had his head go below the snow and died.

A snowmobiler was caught in an avalanche in Montana Friday and was buried under 4 feet of snow. His friends searched for two hours, then went for help. After six hours, his cousin, who had just arrived, probed the snow, hit a body, and unearthed the unconscious but still breathing man.
"I guess I was just allowed to live another day," he said when released from the hospital.

Soon after the rescue workers arrived, the man's condition deteriorated and he was declared dead at the scene. The cause of death has not been determined.
The slide was one of many set off by people this weekend. Backcountry slide danger is still rated "considerable" in most of the state.

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