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Avalanches Stand for Highest Danger to Life

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Avalanches stand for highest danger to life

12/18/12: Innsbruck, Austria: The Austrian Curatorship for Alpine Security point to a lecture held on the alpine exhebition 2011 over the reasons for death in relation to avalanches.

 

On basis of the data from the Austrian alpine police of the past 6 years 143 people died in avalanche accidents. 20% were not covered or only partly covered by the avalanche. Of the 80% totaly covered by an avalanche 60% died of suffocation and 30% of their injuries. So the drop and the ride in an avalanche is much more dangerous than expected.

But if a person avoids to the covering by an avalanche or can be discovered fast by his comrades the chances to survive in this short time frame is big, if he does not belong to the 20% that die without getting covered totally with snow.

The curatorship made the following consequences: The avoiding of starting an avalanche must be even more consistent. Dangerous areas must be observed by their catchment areas and falling lanes. People in alpine winter activities should wear helmets and protectors to avoid or ease injuries.

Addition: The carrying and ability to use of avalanche safety equipment like avalanche rescue beacon, shovel and avalanche probe should be self-evident.


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