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Brothers survive 2 avalanches while skiing in Colorado

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Brothers Caught In Avalanche Escape Separately, Think The Other’s Dead.

When Alex Holmes, 27, tried to ski down, he triggered a second slide. Brian Holmes, 26, started to descend from the top of the Fatwa area near Waterfall Canyon when he triggered an avalanche, KUSA-TV reported Thursday ( ).OPHIR — Two brothers survived what authorities describe as a major avalanche on a popular backcountry ski route Wednesday — despite the fact they both thought the other was dead.

Sheriff’s Deputies launched a multi-agency rescue effort that included volunteer search and rescue personnel, a helicopter and Telluride Ski Patrollers with a trained avalanche dog, who were eventually stood down before being dispatched to the scene. Brian said he was able to pull himself out of the slide after being carried an estimated 1,000 feet down the mountain, ultimately landing on his back and mostly buried in snow with only his face and an arm exposed. “The San Juans in general can represent some of the most tenuous snow conditions on the continent.

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