Skier's helmet cam rolls as he's buried in snow

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by ELIZABETH GADLEY / KNVN

KING5.com

Posted on March 29, 2011 at 6:59 AM

MT. SHASTA, Calif. - A Redding snowboarder's terrifying accident and dramatic rescue was caught on tape.

James Drummond was snowboarding at Mt. Shasta Ski Park last Monday, videotaping some friends’ runs, when he lost his balance and got trapped upside down in a tree well.

He was stuck for nearly an hour. Luckily he lived to tell the story and shared his amazing video with action news.

James Drummond headed to Mt. Shasta Ski Park just like he had countless times over the past 25 years. What should have been a beautiful day on the slopes turned into a real life nightmare when he fell head-first into a tree well.

“I was positive I was going to die,” exclaimed Drummond.

He was stuck upside down in as much as six feet of snow. His hands were pinned next to his chest. His phone was in his chest pocket but he almost couldn't reach it. After a terrifying 20 minutes his wife called.

“Call the ski patrol, I'm stuck in a tree well,” screamed a panicked Drummond.

His wife quickly called them and soon after the ski patrol called Drummond.

“It wasn't just that I knew the mountain, I knew exactly were I was,” Drummond said about getting rescuers to him.

It took another 30 minutes but crews did finally reach him. “I heard snow rumbling and someone said I found him.”

Drummond actually snowboarded the rest of the way down the mountain. While he had no trouble getting back on his board, watching the video and sharing his experience was far more difficult.

“It's hard to watch and it's a little embarrassing too. I was really scared. I'm sharing something I don't like to share but I want to.”

Drummond doesn't want to discourage others from hitting the slopes. He just hoping his terrifying experience will help educate others and get them to take the necessary safety precautions.

 

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