Rescuers use bare hands to dig out man buried in California avalanche

by Garry Watts Марта 4, 2018, 1:40
Rescuers use bare hands to dig out man buried in California avalanche

The Placer County Sheriff's Department tweeted Friday that it appears that all skiers and snowboarders had been accounted for, Sheriff's officials say the avalanche occurred at about 3 pm.

Squaw Valley is investigating what triggered the avalanche. The resort closed for the day after the avalanche.

A cellphone video captured a broad view of the frantic efforts to pull the man out of the snow. Squaw Valley released a statement on the avelanche saying that five people were involved in the avalanche and one person was seriously injured.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 42-year-old Wenyu Zhang of Rocklin, California. More than 100 ski patrollers, emergency responders and numerous rescue dogs responded.

Three men and two women were caught in the avalanche and later rescued, according to Squaw Valley Public Relations Director Liesl Hepburn.

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Another guest was rescued by Squaw Valley rescue teams, transported to the Tahoe Truckee Medical Group at the base of Squaw Valley, and then was subsequently released. One guest had a serious lower body injury and was taken by firefighters to North Tahoe Forest Hospital. All people were accounted for and search operations have concluded, according to Squaw Valley.

County spokeswoman Suzanne Grimmesey says the worst of the storm passed over early Friday and so far there are only reports of minor roadway flooding. "We hold them closely in our thoughts and prayers". "The Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows team extends its huge appreciation for the professionalism of all of the staff and responding agencies involved in this incident".

Heather Turping saw the massive avalanche passed only a foot in front of her.

Residents of coastal Southern California neighborhoods are under evacuation orders ahead of a powerful winter storm sweeping in after bringing heavy snow and whiteout conditions to northern mountains. His cause of death is unknown. Zhang was wearing a helmet when he was found.

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