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Skier Survived 15 Minutes Under Snow After Being Buried By Avalanche

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Paul Hudson

20-year-old Emily Anderson was skiing on the slopes of Crystal Mountain in Enumclaw, Washington on Monday when she was knocked over by an avalanche.

The avalanche had buried her under several feet of snow, but thanks to her left hand she survived.

“My head was down, facing down, a little bit and so I had to scoop the snow away. I breathed in snow a little bit – that was scary,” she told ABC News. “I was kind of in a sitting position, and my right arm was stuck out to my side. I couldn’t move it.”

Her left hand, however, was not too far from her mouth; she was able to slowly dig herself some breathing room around her mouth.

Then a horrifying thought came to mind- what if she was never found? Luckily, her friend saw her buried by the avalanche and called a nearby ski patrol team to help lend a hand- or as luck would have it, a paw.

Four-year-old yellow Labrador Newman, trained as an avalanche rescue dog came to the rescue and saved her life.

Paul Hudson | Elite. 

Paul Hudson

Paul Hudson

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