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Old 02-24-2012, 10:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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this time it was a kid riding just outside the canyons ski area. no beacon.

Snowboarder Dies In Avalanche Near The Canyons

more detail.http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/53...ridge.html.csp
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No beacon, no chance. That is now the 20th person killed this season.

RIP Timothy.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You must have beaten me to it by mere seconds, I just posted the same.

So awful, he never had a chance. RIP.
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The story posted by Drnkzag said they air lifted him to the hospital where he later died but the other story said he was buried for 40 minutes. If both are true, I'm suprised he wasn't found dead after 40 minutes unter 3 feet of snow. He must have had a big air pocket.

really unfortunate that they didn't have beacons. If they found him in 40 minutes without a beacon you would think they would have found him much quicker, and maybe in time to save him, if they all had the right equipment.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Damn.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The story posted by Drnkzag said they air lifted him to the hospital where he later died but the other story said he was buried for 40 minutes. If both are true, I'm suprised he wasn't found dead after 40 minutes unter 3 feet of snow. He must have had a big air pocket.

really unfortunate that they didn't have beacons. If they found him in 40 minutes without a beacon you would think they would have found him much quicker, and maybe in time to save him, if they all had the right equipment.

they said his board was snapped in half so he may have impacted on something and died from that before being buried. if he was conscious he maybe could have cleared the snow out of his throat. makes me think more and more about shelling out for an inflatable.
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It's always a gamble even with an airbag. Trauma does kill about one quarter of those who get caught in a slide. He would of most certainly had a much better chance of surviving if him and his partners were following avalanche protocols and know how to use their gear in an emergency. After 40 minutes under the snow, he would have most likely had serious brain damage. This is just a horrible incident, compounded by lack of preparedness.
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brain damage for sure. that's another appealing feature to the air bag that even if you're unconscious you still have a chance of accessing air.

it's telling how "His friends were on the side watching him go across the mountain," Bridge said.. it sounds like they at least weren't too crazy about the idea.
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Update from the Utah Avy Center.....

Accident: Dutch Draw 2/23/2012 | Utah Avalanche Center

Sounds like the group had NO business being there, and were warned before the slide.
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Very sad and avoidable. be careful out there. Riding is beautiful. But not worth your life.
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