Glencoe Avalanche

3 mountaineers were caught in a slab avalanche today in Glencoe Scotland. They were swept 500 feet from a cornice scarp on the normal ascent route of the mountain Buachaille Etive.  All 3 were in cardiac arrest.  2 were dug out by companions and one was located by spot probe. 

Glencoe Mountain Rescue attended assisted by a Sea King helicopter from RNAS Gannet. The 3 victims were transfered to Belford Hospital Fort William where resuscitation attempts proved unsuccesful.  This voie normal has seen many fatal avalanches over the years. Avalanche risk was category 4 with the danger enhanced by new snow and wind.

David Gunn Paramedic GMRT

Posted by Davy Gunn on Saturday, 24 January, 2009 at 06:11 PM

Thanks for the update on the situation in Scotland, the conditions look sketchy all over the place at the moment. We had a lot of high winds and fresh snow in the Haute-Savoie today.

Posted by davidof on  Saturday, 24 January, 2009  at 08:33 PM
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