Piste Patrollers hit by avalanche at Tignes

Two off-duty members of the Tignes piste patrol have been injured, one seriously, by an avalanche shortly after midday today. One of the men, a Tignard, was trapped under the snow for half an hour. He was taken to hospital in a severe state of hypothermia; his body temperature was 28°C. Reports are that the large slide occured under the Petit Col in the Chardonnet Bowl close to the Aiguille Percee.

The other piste patroller, who is on an exchange from an American resort, was recovered after a few minutes under the slide with a dislocated shoulder. He gave a statement to the police saying that they stopped at around 2,500 meters in an off-piste sector when a slide hit them from above. The police wan to establish if the slide was triggered by other skiers. Both men were equipped with avalanche beacons. Normally all the piste patrollers at Tignes are equipped with ABS Avalanche Airbags but it is not known if they were wearing them in this case. The avalanche risk was considerable (3/5) at the time. Meteo France had warned of slabs on open faces with slabs and accumulations of more then 1 meter depth with layers of graupel destabilizing the snowpack.

Posted by on Friday, 05 January, 2007 at 05:09 PM

Thank’s for keeping us informed Stewart, that is very sad news for his colleagues, friends and family.

Posted by davidof on  Saturday, 21 April, 2007  at 01:34 PM

Bruno Faugere has NOT DIED.  His sister Leticia sends me an email every couple of days, she wrote this a couple of days ago:

à la rumeur selon laquelle l’état de santé de Bruno se serait dégradé ces derniers jours , ce qui est faux ..
Elle vous prie de relayer cette information autour de vous pour que elle et ses parents ne soient plus appelés par des personnes mal informées .

and here is the last one:

petit bulletin Bruno du 23.04.07
Fecha: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 19:33:08 +0200
Bonsoir à tous,

Bruno n’a plus de fièvre, il est sous antibiotique jusqu’à mercredi pour son infection pulmonaire.

Il ouvre ses grands yeux pour nous. Mais pour l’instant il n’y a pas d’autres changements.

La gazette de Nono, reprend contact bientôt.

Please do not confuse the information

Posted by Verónica on  Wednesday, 25 April, 2007  at 02:21 PM

Please accept my profound apologies Bruno is thankfully alive.

I had been away for a few days and was told by a very good friend who obviously got her information wrong.

I was speaking to his girl friend wednesday night and thankfully did not put my foot in it. 

Veronica i, and many other brits in Tignes, consider Bruno as our very good friend. Hopefully we will see him back in Tignes soon.

Posted by  on  Friday, 27 April, 2007  at 05:01 PM

Redac, Stewart or Davidoff: Do you have any recent news about Bruno Faugere´s health?.  It has been a long time scince I haven´t recieved any news from his sister and I don´t want to ask her any more. It must be a very difficult situation for them. Thank you

Posted by  on  Wednesday, 20 June, 2007  at 04:56 PM

Hello Verónica

I spoke to the piste services today. Bruno has been moved to a hospital in Briançon specialized in the care of coma patients. I imagine this is also closer to his family than Grenoble. He is in the same condition, that is stable but in a coma so not positive news for the moment but we can only hope for the future.


Posted by davidof on  Tuesday, 03 July, 2007  at 03:48 PM
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