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BRITISH SNOWBOARDER SUFFOCATES IN THE SNOW
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The accident happened in St Anton in Austria as he became stuck head first in deep snow. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

The 48-year old man, who has not been named, was snowboarding with two friends off the Valluga lift at the top of the resort.

Some reports say the run was closed at the time, but this has not been confirmed.

He fell into a large crack in the snow.

He went down head first and it was only his legs that were sticking out when his friends found him.

They tried to rescue him but to no avail.

Passers by also came to help.

Emergency staff and a helicopter with a doctor were then called in.

Resuscitation attempts failed and the snowboarder was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is rare for people in Europe to suffocate in the snow as levels are not normally high enough but this winter has seen exceptional levels of snow in St Anton and many other resorts.

It is more common in North America where people get stuck in tree wells.

This week two people have suffocated to death in the snow in California as we have reported in this article.

With the huge amounts of snow in parts of the Alps and temperatures set to warm up people are being advised to be cautious and follow all the safety measures.

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