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Avalanche Ötztal Alps


"After the second turn in the untracked slope, a snow slab in a radius of about 10 meters around me has cracked. After I saw no possibility to get out of the avalanche and I had already broken through to a lower layer, I triggered the ABS® , which ignited in seconds.

The masses of snow tore me over a rock face about 20 meters high, and I lost both skis. Then I was dragged along by the avalanche on my stomach. When the avalanche came to a halt and I was surrounded by snow, I tried to box in front of my face with both hands as best I could and was able to punch an air hole. My colleague came up to me as he saw the two red wings and was able to dig me out. Within the first quarter of an hour, a ski instructor joined me and the mountain rescue was informed.

The clinical findings indicated a muscle tear in the chest area or a contusion of the ribs. In the meantime I have recovered again.

Without ABS® this situation would certainly have looked different! I'm not sure I would have survived this incident." 

D. E.