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Sheer terror for a dozen expert skiers in Washington State after an avalanche since four of them plunging.
3000 feet in only moments.
Three of those skiers died one survived thanks to an emergency air bag.
Local sheriff's deputies recount what happened after the snow swept the skiers away.
At 1 point after the am glad they're all buried in the snow they managed to dig themselves out of the snow.
At that point the -- -- -- three of them are in distress to his skews your distress they Begin CPR.
At the same point they're calling 911 to train get help to them.
And joining me now by phone from Bowling Green, Kentucky is survival expert.
Ross McFadden Ross you are an expert on this type of thing and you know exactly why the fourth.
Of those four skiers survived.
What exactly was it.
Well that would be negative -- by the way I am.
The air -- is what -- -- right is what I would say they created -- next space in this scenario which becomes very pat.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- This is file video of the airbag that we're talking about and and it looks like.
Sort of one of those giant pillows that you put around your neck on on an airplane.
How does this -- of one's life if you're caught in an avalanche.
Well wait a -- -- is back creating an -- They bring you to be able to great if you can imagine -- -- you just muscled up velvet or the offense is sitting on balance jet.
I'd be right tracking your chest below that -- opening with a -- -- to make it that you cannot breathe let.
-- all the snow in your face.
Which become very compact than most people don't realize that when the moving it creates friction and the -- of this no actually against them now.
And when it comes to a stop.
And it and all the movement has stopped this -- will actually.
Began to three right -- in -- and -- -- like country if it's really hard difficult to move in and compressing your chest making it impossible.
We have video that we got a couple of weeks ago another another incident where they were digging the guy out another -- at night it was a snowmobile -- And then he got crushed just as you're saying you could see his friends going in a panic -- they are trying to dig and dig and dig -- dig him the guy couldn't move your.
He couldn't it was head was completely -- by -- by the snow in just the way you're you're talking about if you don't have the airbag.
Is there really any way of surviving this without a team ready and standing there to dig you out.
I had no idea and I personally -- there -- -- -- as dirt you know you just let it out degette.
A little gonna let -- not do not know that I think I -- -- -- your chances are really very low end.
Is it like -- because they say that this avalanche was triggered.
-- one of the skiers who died.
They say the initial slide was about thirty feet wide and three feet deep.
One of the skiers managed to grab a hold of a tree in -- avoid being taken by the avalanche but.
What is the feeling when you -- just it when it's too late for you you've gotten caught in it.
And you're tumbling down the mountain.
Tom you know I can't really speak to the -- that I'm sure it would be sheer panic.
Because -- didn't tumbled around and tossed around like rag doll.
And and you know three British -- maybe even more -- all of -- and instantly cut you to not be able to -- -- if you let all the air out of your body.
And then that there are a bit and -- that he cannot breathe it no matter what you get beat and because you're chest is compressed and it all all your lungs to expand.
Besides the fact that all the -- it's congested -- -- based on and you predicted boldly back and I.
Natalie and we have video of it folks getting caught in an avalanche against filed -- have any video of the actual incident that happened.
On Sunday when these three men were killed but you know what what of -- what they were doing.
Is skiing off the main trails and there was a warning we saw the officials come out and say look we had read the avalanche danger as -- They knew that this was very precarious.
They were off trails and they assumed the risk you don't want to speak ill of the dead Ross -- They they did assume the risk here.
Yes they did you're exactly right and -- Go off -- resort where they're taking care of those problems already been here basically -- your -- -- it -- they'll all.
Everything that you can do to prepare yourself is is that what I would definitely do and -- -- -- a lot of folks barbecue earlier or you -- call -- About -- seventies that I learned in.
And that the military and I'm sure a lot of folks know that it and it is basically proper tire preparation prevents.
And I think at this or perform well.
And if you are not properly prepared to get beat up like that and you know you're gonna have about what they're going to be problem they like it year old -- It's good -- it's good to remember -- were expert skiers and if they can't they couldn't do it you know knowing -- knowing you don't Ross thank you.
Exactly you're very welcome thinking.
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