Heartbreaking moment British father digs his son, 11, alive from 5ft of snow he was buried for 30 MINUTES after being divorced from his family while skiing in France
- Father Gillon Campbell said that he had never been “so scared” in his life
- Fox was buried in the snow in an avalanche while off-piste in the French Alps
- He has not been injured. Video has been released to warn of dangers while you are off-piste
This is the heartbreaking moment when a British father has to dig his 11-year-old son out of five feet of snow after being separated from them while skiing in France.
Father Gillon Campbell said he “had never been so scared” as when he had to take a kick to save his son Fox, who had been skiing off-piste in Chamonix in the Alps.
Heartbreaking footage captures the moment when the little boy mumbles ‘thanks’ through frozen tears while his head emerges from the snow 30 minutes after he was buried.
This image shows the hole where son Fox skied before the snow fell on him. He was off-piste in Chamonix, the French Alps
When his father Gillon returned to the place, he noticed that the snow “looked different.” He turned on his GPS tracker that told him that his son, who also had one, was under him. “I just dug like everything else in the world was important to me.” Depicted with his son who has a blue helmet
Father Gillon with his son Fox pictured together in a stadium. Fox hears ‘thank you’ sob as he is pulled out of the snow
“I just dug like everything else in the world was important to me,” Gillon said. “That was a very, very scary moment. I mean, I’ve never been so scared. “
“And I dug and I found his head one and a half meters under the snow. And I cleared his head and he spoke to me. “
Video made by a camera on Fox’s helmet shows the moment when he was buried. He had gone off-piste to ski between two different slopes, while his father waited for his younger brother to catch up with him before he followed.
The boy jumps to prevent a hole in the snow, but falls into it. Snow immediately falls on him.
The camera then captures the sounds of him struggling and yelling for his father while lying in the snow.
Fox, who is a member of the Freeriders Mountain Ski Club, was equipped with a backpack, GPS and shovel.
Above is the moment when Father Gillon dug for his son in the snow of the French Alps
Gillon, dressed in a light blue jacket, depicted with rescue teams working on digging out his son (left) and a rescue team member in the five foot deep hole (right) Fox was trapped
Father Gillon depicted on the video explaining the mission to save his son from the snow
Father Gillon said he was “surprised” that his eldest son was not waiting on the other slope when he arrived. “But I thought he met my wife,” he said, “so we went to the elevator.
“I thought my son sat opposite her, but he wasn’t. So we went up the elevator, but he was still not there. And so I decided that I just had to ski back the way I came and find out where he was.
“I went back down the trench and I went and there was something else. The snow was different, it was more friable on the ground.
“And my transceiver, I turned to look for him and he squeaked at me. And it told me that someone was very close in the snow. “
His son Fox pictured after his rescue (dressed in a blue helmet). His body was “very cold” when he was dug out of the snow, but he was unharmed
The moment the transceiver told Gillon that his son was buried under the snow
A slope depicted in Chamonix. The family was on their way from one track to the other
When he revealed his son’s head and blue helmet, Gillon screamed for help and was quickly joined by a couple who had heard him from the edge of the piste.
Within a few minutes the alarm went off and rescuers arrived to dig Fox out of the snow.
“I won’t forget the moment I could hold him,” Gillon said. “He was so cold, but he lived well, and he was fine.”
The boy was not injured in the accident. La Chamoniarde has released the images to warn people of the dangers of skiing the maintained slopes.
It comes a week after a British snowboarder was buried under snow in Switzerland.