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​Two killed in avalanche at Sochi ski resort

Published time: March 23, 2014 18:36
Edited time: March 23, 2014 20:01
Avalanche in Rosa Khutor. (Photo courtesy / 23.mchs.gov.ru)

Avalanche in Rosa Khutor. (Photo courtesy / 23.mchs.gov.ru)

Two skiers were killed and four others managed to escape unharmed after a massive avalanche swept down a slope at the former Winter Olympics venue in Sochi, Russia.

An 80 cubic meter avalanche struck at Sochi’s Rosa Khutor ski resort at midday, burying six skiers on the “Labyrinth” slope, according to Interfax news agency.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry reported that two women received fatal injuries as a result of the snowslide.

“Despite all efforts to revive them, they could not be saved,” reads a statement on the resort’s website.

The other four skiers managed to remain unharmed, with some of them digging themselves out of the snow. The total of 105 rescuers, 20 vehicles, and one aircraft took part in search and rescue operations on Sunday.

“We were skiing on the slope of Rosa Khutor, got tired, and sat down to rest. Suddenly we saw an avalanche sliding down. It appeared literally within seconds and practically swept away everything in its path. Those sitting and resting were knocked over and carried away in the direction of a ravine,” witness Mikhail Karamyshev told Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.

According to the paper, one of the surviving skiers sustained a broken arm. The others were luckily unharmed.

The witnesses said they thought the incident “could not have possibly happened” at the given part of the slope and with such good weather conditions. However, a small avalanche was previously reported at the same slope. Experts are now trying to determine the causes of the snowslide.

The local Emergencies Ministry department earlier issued an avalanche alert in the region for those skiing at heights above 1,300 meters from March 19-21. Avalanche-hazardous periods are often prompted by sudden change of temperatures and melting snow. Several dozen people die annually at ski resorts across the globe due to snowslides.

Comments (4)

 

Impulse 24.03.2014 13:32

The way the Russian winter olympics was absolutely bashed and slandered by the "west" should be a lesson to all Eastern Europeans who think the "west" will welcome them with open arms and treat them like equals. No the West sees Eastern Europeans as dirt with resources. Not only do they enjoy the dirt to clean their toilets but they enjoy the dirt's resources at less than cost. WAKE UP!
Having said that, I would like to tell the family of the people who died in this tragic indecent that I am sorry for your loss.

 

Nick Carraway 24.03.2014 09:20

I don't understand why Americans can't just admit that the Winter Olympics were a success. Not perfect, but quite good, including the security.

An avalanche? They happen in all countries of the world.

As an American (USA), I am sorry that our country wasn't more uniformly gracious about the hospitality.

America has trouble taking yes for an answer. We were ideologically against communism, and Russia abandon it two decades ago. Yes, for their own reasons, but we got what we wanted.

The current problems? Aggressive expansion of NATO --bad policy. The rest of it, let the lawyers argue over International Law.

 

Mike Jones 23.03.2014 23:56

Don't listen to my brother Steve. He's still trippin from some stuff that happened earlier this year. +vibes to errrbody and please buy my records!

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