Video shows rescue of snowboarder buried in Tahoe-area avalanche

Video shows rescue of snowboarder buried in Tahoe-area avalanche


Video shows rescue of snowboarder buried in Tahoe-area avalanche

Luckily, someone spotted a snowboard sticking up out of the snow. Photo is a screen grab.

Three men and two women were caught up in an inbounds avalanche at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in the Lake Tahoe area Friday afternoon, and the rescue of a snowboarder was captured in video.

The avalanche occurred at 1:40 p.m. in an area near Olympic Lady chairlift, a Squaw Valley spokesman said, according to the Associated Press.

One guest suffered a serious lower body injury and was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital. Another was taken to the Tahoe Truckee Medical Group at the base of the resort, was treated and released, while the three others left the scene unharmed, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

“Whoever spotted that snowboard sticking out, good job,” one of the rescuers said while digging out the snowboarder. Tom Miller of Sacramento’s KCRA posted the rescue video on Twitter:

It wasn’t readily known if this was the seriously injured guest.

“In total, over 100 professional ski patrollers, emergency responders, and multiple avalanche rescue dogs responded to the incident,” the Squaw Valley spokesman said.

“Rescue teams performed numerous searches and ultimately cleared the scene. All reported missing persons are accounted for at this time, and search operations have officially concluded. The trigger of the avalanche is unknown at this time, but a full investigation of the incident and its cause will be conducted.”

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The incident, which prompted the ski resort to close, came less than five hours after the body of a snowboarder was discovered by Squaw Valley Ski Patrol members. The victim, identified as Wenyu Zhang of Rocklin, California, had gone missing the day before in blizzard conditions.

Search efforts were suspended Thursday night due to high avalanche danger in the area where three-feet of snow fell and wind gusts reached 150 mph.

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