Boy survives in avalanche Alps that buried him for 40 minutes (Reports)


Boy survives in avalanche Alps that buried him for 40 minutes (Reports).

A 12-year-old boy survived 40 minutes trapped under an avalanche in the French Alps before he was found alive — in a rescue operation that officials are calling a Christmas miracle.

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The boy was skiing on a closed black diamond run at the La Plagne ski resort in Savoie with his dad on Wednesday when he was swept away in a barrage of snow, cops told BFM TV.

The avalanche dragged him at least 110 yards before he was buried under it all.

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The young skier wasn’t equipped with an avalanche detector, but he was eventually found by a sniffer dog, and rescuers plucked him from the powder and sent him to a local hospital.

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Rescue workers said the chances of staying alive under snow are minuscule after just 15 minutes — so surviving for 40 minutes is miraculous.

“We can call it a miracle. A day after Christmas, there was another gift in store,” Capt. Patrice Ribes said.


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