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VIDEO. United States: stuck in an avalanche, his friend barely saves him


The two men had left on a snowmobile when one of them, swept away by a flow, remained stranded in the snow without being able to breathe.

Jason Rubio and John Sievers are two friends who went snowmobiling in Jackson, Wyoming, USA.

Jason films his friend from afar down a hill at high speed.

A decision that may have saved John's life.

He could see an avalanche triggered when his friend passed.

John fell from his snowmobile and rode down the mountain, finding himself buried in the snow.

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Immediately, Jason starts his own snowmobile to come and rescue his friend.

When he arrives at the scene, he sees only John's hand sticking out of the snow.

As he tries to free him, John can be heard struggling to breathe, buried under a thick white layer.

Jason finally gets his head out of John, putting his life out of harm's way.

It will then take 10 to 15 minutes to pull John out of the snow.

His reaction speed surely saved John's life: after 15-20 minutes spent in an avalanche, the accident victim's chances of survival decrease by 80%.

The causes are multiple: asphyxia, hypothermia, traumatic injuries.

“The [snowmobile's] avalanche device did not activate,” says John.

I'm just really happy that I got out of it ”.

For Jason, "it was a scary experience."

In the United States, 45 people have died from an avalanche since 2020. In Europe, this figure rises to 137 victims.

Source: leparis

All life articles on 2022-01-10

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