Shocking moment British snowboarder is dug out of avalanche after being buried

·2-min read

A British woman had to be dug out of the snow after being buried by an avalanche in Switzerland.

Shocking footage showed the snowboarder being rescued after becoming trapped in Verbier on 30 January.

Professional snowboarder Victor Liebenguth, who filmed the rescue, helped free the woman from the snow, Storyful reported.

He was also helped by other professional snowboarders.

Around ten people were buried in the snow (Picture: Storyful)
Around 10 people were hit by the avalanche. (Storyful)
The the orange bag in the video was Bodkin’s avalanche airbag (Picture: Storyful)
The orange bag in the video is the avalanche airbag. (Storyful)

Liebenguth said he witnessed the avalanche cover around 10 people on the mountain.

Verbier Ski Resort had previously announced there was “very high avalanche danger” that day.

A metre of snow had fallen in a month, causing the risk, according to Liebenguth.

Read more: Kids enjoy playing in snow while skiing and pushing each other

In an Instagram post Liebenguth wrote: “Unfortunately two girls were snowboarding in the middle of the face and the avalanche hit them so hard.

“We were the first on site and immediately started to do the beacon research.

“We quickly found the first one, second one was 70m down the face and quickly rescued as well.

“While digging out the girls people around continued to ski in every directions and the inevitable happened, second avalanche hit the area and a third person got stocked in it.”

Read more: Man faceplants in snow while trying to sledge

British snowboarder Emma Bodkin was rescued from the snow (Picture: Storyful)
The woman was rescued from the snow. (Storyful)
She was rescued after her beacon was picked up (Picture: Storyful)
She was rescued after her beacon was picked up. (Storyful)

The woman was wearing a beacon, which is required when free-riding on open terrain.

Liebenguth added: “The beacon is a tool that allows you to detect other people wearing a beacon in the same area, but also allows you to be detected in case you’re getting caught under an avalanche.

“There’s basically two modes, like, ‘search mode’ and ‘transmission mode’.”

He said the orange bag in the video was the woman’s avalanche airbag, which would have helped prevent injuries.

There were no reported deaths as a result of the avalanche.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting