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Woman survives after being buried by avalanche for 20 minutes

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A woman was rescued after being trapped in an avalanche at Mount Seymour on the 10th March 2024.


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A woman is lucky to be alive after being caught in an avalanche on Metro Vancouver's North Shore and left completely buried for 20 minutes, rescuers say.

The North Shore Rescue team reports that the incident took place over the weekend. is produced on Sunday, on the south face of Pump Peak, about 24 kilometers northeast of downtown Vancouver.

The rescue group said in a Facebook post that the woman was snowshoeing with her partner in the backcountry of Mount Seymour when the avalanche hit and covered both.

The man managed to free himself before calling 911 and locating his partner's snowshoe sticking out of the snow.

The woman was suffering from hypothermia and had lost color in her face due to lack of oxygen. Rescuers called to the scene were able to provide emergency care and bring her back down the mountain.

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Both hikers received medical treatment on scene and were safely evacuated.

North Shore Rescue says the area where the avalanche occurred has been classified as high danger, travel being discouraged, since man-triggered avalanches are very probable.

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Rescuers say the two people did not have any equipment rescue equipment such as beacons, probes and shovels.

We can't say enough about how useful they are were lucky that the first was able to spot the second and dig it up, they add. If this hadn't happened, we would have a very different outcome.

Rescuers also say conditions were difficult, with heavy snow and low visibility preventing the use of helicopters. Ground rescue teams were able to reach the victims thanks to the simplicity of the terrain.

In conditions like those that we experienced at the end of the week, it is preferable to let everything with a slope rest and to let the snow cover stabilize, they add.

Avalanche Canada says the mountains just north of Metro Vancouver remain at high avalanche risk, with a heavy load of new snow […] .] ready to be triggered by humans .

The body signals that wind and snow will likely intensify and increase the already high avalanche risk in the region.

In addition, the risk of avalanches is considerable in a large part of the province, according to Avalanche Canada.

If some were able to escape unscathed, others were not so lucky. Canmore RCMP are reporting that a 19-year-old man from Kelowna was killed in an avalanche south of Canmore, east of Mount Engadine Lodge, on Monday.

With information from The Canadian Press

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116