Rescue team digs out British snowboarder while screaming for help after she and a friend were buried by an AVALANCHE in Switzerland, released in images to warn others
- Snowboarder Victor Liebenguth rode Verbier when an avalanche struck
- He saw two women being buried and immediately hurried to help them dig out
- Dramatic video captured the moment a woman was rescued from the snow
- Liebenguth urged those who used the mountain to inquire about risks
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Dramatic images have been captured the moment a British woman was rescued after being buried by an avalanche in the Verbier ski area.
Victor Liebenguth, a professional snowboarder who lives in the Swiss village, said the woman was skiing off-piste on January 30 when the avalanche struck.
He posted the images on Instagram as a warning to others and wrote: ‘Thursday January 30 was a tough day, almost a meter of powder landed on a four-week dry terrain, the avalanche risk was so high.
Victor Liebenguth, a professional snowboarder who lives in the Swiss village of Verbier, recorded the moment he helped rescue a British woman after an avalanche
Mr Liebenguth said that the woman was skiing off-piste on January 30 with a group of about 10 people without taking appropriate safety measures despite a high risk of avalanche
“We were driving … in the Verbier area when we saw one [big] avalanche next door [in] Creblet pass.
‘Perhaps 10 people are driving at the same time, on the same face. No security measures at all. Unfortunately two girls are snowboarding in the middle of the face and the avalanche hit them so hard.
‘We were the first on site and immediately started the beacon investigation. We quickly found the first, the second was 70 meters away and also saved quickly.
“While the girls were digging out, people kept skiing in all directions and the inevitable happened, a second avalanche struck the area and a third person was stored in it. F *** that was scary.
He said that two women were completely hit by the wall of snow and recorded the moment when one of them was rescued on his body camera
Mr. Liebenguth said he had posted the images online as a warning to others to take appropriate precautions and to inform himself about avalanche hazards
‘Verbier is the freeride mecca and everyone who drives off the slopes must have the right equipment, be informed of the circumstances and, more importantly, be trained in mountain safety to have the right reflexes and knowledge.
“Usually not a big fan of viewing that kind of content on the socials, but I hope this helps a little to motivate people to follow an education.”