Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

'Miracle' as man rescued after 5hrs in avalanche

Posted on Friday, 27 December, 2019 | Comment icon 4 comments

Skiing can be a dangerous pastime, especially in the Alps. Image Credit: PD - TwoWings
A skier who was buried for five hours has been rescued in what has been described as a 'Christmas miracle'.
The 26-year-old, who had gone skiing in Austria's Schladminger Tauern mountain range, became the subject of a major search-and-rescue operation when he failed to return home.

Mountain rescuers searched a wide area and climbed over 2,000ft in an effort to locate him.

He was eventually found completely engulfed in snow.

"Then it went blow by blow... the hand of the buried person was then found," said head of mountain rescue Christian Pieberl. "Then they dug for the person, and after half a meter they dug up the head, and the body was buried one meter deep."
Incredibly, the skier had been able to stay alive for a whopping five hours by continually moving his muscles in an effort to keep his blood flowing.

The rescue is made all the more remarkable by the fact that finding someone alive in snow after so long is something that typically only happens once every 20 years.

"He was responsible for staying alive," said Pieberl. "This is a 'Christmas miracle'."

The avalanche that buried him was one of several to have hit the region in recent weeks.

Sadly though, not everyone caught up in them was quite so lucky.

Source: Sky News | Comments (4)

Tags: Avalanche

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Desertrat56 on 27 December, 2019, 19:10
Smart man.
Comment icon #2 Posted by DreadLordAvatar on 27 December, 2019, 19:41
Pretty stupid not to wear a gps tracking device, especially while skiing in the alps.  
Comment icon #3 Posted by spartan max2 on 27 December, 2019, 20:47
Useful tips for if I'm ever trapped in snow 
Comment icon #4 Posted by hetrodoxly on 27 December, 2019, 22:22
One of the problems of being caught in a avalanche is you don't know which way you're facing, if you take a pee up is the opposite to the way it runs.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


'Dancing dragon' fossil is velociraptor relative
Palaeontologists have compared the feathers of a 120 million-year-old dinosaur to those of modern birds.
Ohio town sees mystery flashes, vibrations
Recently released footage shows the moment the skies over Bethel, Ohio suddenly lit up in multiple colors.
US and UK sign new treaty to protect Titanic
Access to the wreck of the world-famous vessel, which sank in 1912, has long remained a point of contention.
Are UFOs piloted by humans from the future ?
Is it possible that unidentified flying objects are piloted, not by aliens, but by our own future descendants ?
Stories & Experiences
Dog and Jamaican statue
1-10-2020 | Canada
Life changing experience
12-19-2019 | Australia
Unexplained smoke or fog
12-19-2019 | West Texas, USA
He came in the night
12-19-2019 | CA
My reptilian encounter
11-24-2019 | Ireland and Australia
The day I found out I am immortal
11-24-2019 | Hialeah
Recent activity in my home
11-24-2019 | Kansas City, MO USA
The houndsman
10-26-2019 | Michigan, USA
Birthday balloon
10-26-2019 | Usa

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Why do we believe in conspiracies ?
Posted 1-17-2020 | 4 comments
A look at how the human race has effectively evolved to accept conspiracy theories.
NASA 2020: Are you ready ?
Posted 1-1-2020 | 3 comments
A look at what's coming up in the world of spaceflight this year.
Is it possible to levitate a human ?
Posted 12-15-2019 | 2 comments
Science enthusiast Rick Edwards attempts to unlock the secret of levitation.
 View: More videos
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ