Caught On Cam Avalanche

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:55am

Helmet-cam shows snow slide bury snowmobiler, friends rush to rescue.

A snowmobiler caught in an avalanche on Washington's 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 the man's friend, Rick Jablinske.

John Swanson, the man caught in the avalanche, stops at the bottom of a hill to watch another snowmobiler higher up.

The snowmobiler makes a few passes, letting loose an avalanche.

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

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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