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Canada (lumivyöry).

Seven killed in Canadian avalanche



Tuesday, January 21, 2003 Posted: 12:50 AM EST (0550 GMT)







Ambulances gather near the site of the avalanche.

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REVELSTOKE, Canada (CNN) -- Seven people were killed and one injured Monday when an avalanche swept away a party of skiers in the Selkirk Mountains, officials said.



Three other skiers were rescued off Durrand Glacier uninjured, according to Sgt. Randy Brown of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).



Initial reports indicated eight people had been killed, but Brown said one skier was buried in the snow and suffered only minor injuries.



Brown said 21 people from two groups of skiers were going down the glacier, in the Columbia mountain range, from a lodge operated by Selkirk Mountain Experience, an outfitter that takes skiers by helicopter to the lodge. One group of skiers "experienced no problems," he said.



Four of the dead skiers were Canadian, Brown said, and three were from the United States -- two from California and one from Colorado.



Brown also said the two groups were skiing with guides.



Rescuers were called to the mountain just after 11:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m. ET), he said. Investigators were still at the lodge, he said, and had been unable to return to the base of the mountain because of bad weather.



Clair Israelson, managing director of the Canadian Avalanche Association, based in Revelstoke, said conditions at the time of the accident weren't especially dangerous for an avalanche.



"The Avalanche Center is reading the avalanche danger in the Columbia Mountains as 'considerable.' That's our middle-range avalanche reading, not an unusually dangerous time at the present," he said. "Nonetheless, this accident did occur."



Selkirk Mountain Experience did not return calls for comment. The outfitter's Web site said the ski lodge was located "at tree-line on a forested knoll, 6,360 feet above sea level and 50 kilometers to the northeast of Revelstoke."



The Web site also says that all ski groups are instructed in the use of avalanche radio beacons and basic rescue procedures before they leave the lodge for skiing.

Anonyymi

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American tourists killed in B.C. avalanche



Last Updated Mon, 20 Jan 2003 19:27:16 - CBC



VANCOUVER - At least seven people are dead after an avalanche near Revelstoke, B.C. The slide happened on the Durran Glacier, north of the town. The avalanche occurred north of Revelstoke



The glacier is a remote but popular back-country skiing destination that attracts tourists from all over the world. The victims were heli-skiers who were chartered in by Selkirk Mountain Experience.



The skiers are believed to be Americans. Thirteen people in the party were rescued.



"This was a party that was chartering a heli-skiing operation out of Revelstoke. They were on the Durran Glacier, seven minutes by helicopter northeast of Revelstoke," said Bob Pearce, spokesman for the B.C. ambulance service.



Pearce says ambulance crews were sent to the heliport in Revelstoke where a temporary morgue has been set up in a hangar.



The avalanche hazard in the Selkirk Mountains, north of Revelstoke, is listed as "considerable."



Claire Israelson, with the Canadian Avalanche Association, says the snowpack seemed to be stabilizing, but it is still a dangerous time.



"This is a difficult time because we are coming out of a fairly major avalanche cycle across the interior of B.C.," she said.



Israelson says the level of hazard varies. This has been a very dangerous year in the back-country for avalanches, and people seemed to be heeding the warning.



Up until Monday, there had only been two deaths this winter on B.C. mountains.



Eight die in avalanche, 12 rescued



canada.com

Monday, January 20, 2003



REVELSTOKE, B.C. (CP) -- Eight American heli-skiers were killed and 12 rescued after an avalanche crashed down a mountainside Monday in eastern British Columbia, the B.C. Ambulance Service said. The slide came down near the Durand Glacier, about a seven-minute helicopter ride northeast of Revelstoke, said Bob Pearce, a spokesman for the B.C. Ambulance Service.



The service's dispatcher in Kamloops, B.C., received a call at 11 a.m. about the disaster. The service was told that a helicopter was ferrying a survivor from a heli-skiing accident on the glacier. The survivor was a member of a party of 20 Americans who had chartered a helicopter for the skiing trip, Pearce said.



Eight of the skiers were confirmed dead and 12 were located after a search-and-rescue effort and were being transported to Revelstoke hospital. At least one was in stable condition but Pearce said the status of the other victims was not known.



"There are five ambulance crews at the heliport in Revelstoke where a makeshift morgue has been set up in the hangar of Selkirk Mountain Experience," which Pearce said had handled the skiing excursion.



A coroner was also on the scene, he said.



Selkirk's Web site says the Revelstoke-based company was founded in 1985 and caters to adventurers who enjoy the mountains.



It describes the area around Durrand Glacier as "very remote and wild."



Canadian Helicopters Ltd., located in Revelstoke, got a call at about noon Monday and was instructed to fly a team of paramedics to the avalanche site, a company spokeswoman said.



Initially it was told to prepare to bring back between one and four victims.



"Then an hour or so later the number went up to between four and 12," said Bev St'Amour.

Anonyymi

Surullista.

Mitä tästä opimme? Heli firmatkin toimii liiketaloudellisin perustein, eikä reissua peruuteta ihan köykäsien epäilyksien takia. 20 heppua kun on leikkinsä jo maksanut, niin ei niitä rahoja palauteta vaan mennään laskeen kelistä riippumatta.

Anonyymi

Selkirk Mountain Experience? Täysin tuntematon helifirma kyseessä. Sääli että isotkin helifirmat kärsivät imagossaan tapahtuneesta.

Anonyymi

Selkirk on siellä päin kuulemma suht´kot tunnettu helifirma. Couloirmagazinessa on viitattu ja Powderissa myöskin muistaakseen.

Tilanne oli joidenkin tietojen mukaan sellainen että n14 hengen

ryhmä oli lennätetty kopperilla parinkymmenen kilsan päässä sijaitsevalle

mökille, missä tyypit olivat asustelleet. Sitten skinnataan takaisin sivistykseen oppaan johdolla.

Jonkun kuvan perusteella vaikutti siltä että vyöry oli tullut ylempää vuorelta skinnaavan porukan niskaan. Et suoranaista helihiihtoa se ei ollut.

Anonyymi

"Unfortunately, one of the vicitms in this accident was Craig Kelly. He was one of the revolutionaries of snowboarding and was a former world champion several times over. As much as some people around here hate snowboarders, he was an example of what that sport is truely all about. He worked closely with Burton to make snowboarding a mainstream sport. He was a guide with the group. R.I.P"



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http://www.csac.org/store/free_riding.html

Lucifer

:cry: Huoh, hiljaiseksi vetää :cry:

MountainZone

Lux F.

Anonyymi

MountainZone wrote:


According to police, the wall of snow was about 30 yards wide by 100 yards long.



Ei ollu edes mikään hirveän iso vyöry verrattuna Pyhän vastaavaan. Pyhällähän kyse oli 40m leveä ja 50m pitkä (paksuus ???), joten sielläkin olisi voinut sattua yhtä jos toista. Tiedä sitten millainen terrain-trappi Canadassa oli, mutta ilmeesti aika tiiviissä porukassa kuitenkin liikuttu, kun kaikki jää sisään.

Lucifer

Anonymous wrote:
MountainZone wrote:


According to police, the wall of snow was about 30 yards wide by 100 yards long.



Ei ollu edes mikään hirveän iso vyöry verrattuna Pyhän vastaavaan. Pyhällähän kyse oli 40m leveä ja 50m pitkä (paksuus ???), joten sielläkin olisi voinut sattua yhtä jos toista. Tiedä sitten millainen terrain-trappi Canadassa oli, mutta ilmeesti aika tiiviissä porukassa kuitenkin liikuttu, kun kaikki jää sisään.




Jos oikein ymmärsin jostain, niin porukka oli ollut kahteen jaettuna (vissiin useampi opas?). Toiset oli kulkeneet ylempänä harjanteella ja toinen ryhmä alempana (Kellyn porukka). Tää alempana oleva oli sitten joutunut tuohon vyöryyn. Vielä oli epäselvää että oliko ylempänä kulkeneet laukaissu tän vyöryn. Pikkasen kyllä epäilyttää, koska jos olen oikein ymmärtänyt, oli Kellykin kokenut opas eikä tuollaista virhettä varmastikkaan olisi tehnyt.



Joutuu kuitenkin vaan spekuloimaan koska ei ole faktoja tarpeeksi.

Lux F.

Hmm

Jos kopsaan lyhyesti noi pääkohdat:



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"...two groups of skiers ascended the slope in preparation for a downhill run. "



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"Clair Israelson, managing director of the Canadian Avalanche Association, based in Revelstoke, said conditions at the time of the accident weren't especially dangerous for an avalanche."



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"Clair Israelson, director of the Canadian Avalanche Association in Revelstoke, said poor weather made it impossible to reach the area to investigate why a wall of snow fell on the skiers, who had traveled into the mountains by helicopter. "



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"The bodies of the seven victims -- three Americans and four Canadians -- were all recovered in 1-to-6 feet of snow, Brown said (Sgt. Randy Brown of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police). "



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"Seibert said he would ski again -- but not on this trip. When asked about the dangers of backcountry skiing, he said he has skied for 35 years and loves it.



"The risk is worth the reward," he said. "It's better than dying of boredom, sitting at home watching CNN."

"Well, I'll say this: climbing can kill you, but women can destroy you. There's a big difference, y'know." — Derek Hersey

Hmm

Tässä vielä linkit:



Tutkinta vielä vaiheessa:

http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/americas/01/21/canada.avalanche.ap/index.html



Selviytyneen kertomus:

http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/americas/01/21/avalanche.survivor/index.html



Alkuperäinen uutinen:

http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/americas/01/20/canada.avalanche.ap/index.html



Tolla ei ollut siis oikeastaan mitään tekemistä helihiihdon kanssa. Porukka oli touraamassa ja laatta lähti skinnatessa. Säätiloista on jonkin verran ristiriitaista tietoa.

"Well, I'll say this: climbing can kill you, but women can destroy you. There's a big difference, y'know." — Derek Hersey