Snowmobiler dug out of avalanche on Stampede Pass

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 24 at 6:31 PM

A snowmobiler caught in an avalanche on Stampede Pass Sunday was quickly rescued by friends who watched it happen.

The entire incident was recorded by a helmet cam, attached to the helmet of a fellow snowmobiler, Warren Woerner.

Woerner posted the video on YouTube that night.

Shown in the video, John, the man caught in the avalanche, stops at the bottom of a hill to watch another snomobiler higher up. The snowmobiler makes a few passes, letting loose an avalanche.

The torrent of snow thunders down the hillside, completely burying John.

Fellow snowmobilers get to him in seconds and frantically dig him out.

Breathing and dazed, John was okay and able to go home to recover.

All the snowmobilers were wearing protective clothing and helmets.

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