Avalanche Search And Rescue Techniques

The effect of an avalanche can be disastrous. Chances of survival after burial by an avalanche are approximately 90 percent if the victim is located within the first 15 minutes. Probability of survival drops rapidly and, after two hours, chances of survival are remote. Suffocation accounts for 65 percent of avalanche fatalities, collision with obstacles such as rocks and trees accounts for 25 percent, and hypothermia and shock accounts for 10 percent.

The best chance of survival in snow country is to avoid an avalanche; but, if a member of your group is in an avalanche, they are depending on you for rescue!

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