The victim of an avalanche in southeastern British Columbia given first aid. A man was killed and a woman was taken to a healthcare facility after a dramatic rescue from a massive avalanche in southeastern British Columbia.
Danger on the slopes
Search manager Chris Armstrong stated that the pair was among a group of four skiers trekking through a high, remote section of Kootenay Pass between Salmo and Creston when they were hit by a slide that swept them over a cliff.
The two remaining members of the group skied to a nearby highway to call for help while six other skiers who were near the slide began rescue efforts.
A helicopter was brought in for the rescue but could not be used due to poor weather and the lack of daylight. Armstrong had to call in four search and rescue teams from the area and had a total of 26 people conduct a seven-and-a-half hour evacuation of the female who was injured.
The 27-year old woman was given first aid and taken to a healthcare facility in Trail and the 27-year old man’s body remained at the scene.
Safety in the wilderness
Knowledge of proper first aid measures is vital when spending time in the wilderness. It is recommended to enroll in a first aid course to be prepared during emergencies. You will learn the essential life-saving skills including CPR.
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