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Swiss Cops: Man Survived 17 Hours Under Avalanche

Sunday, February 07, 2010

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 *EVOLENE, Switzerland   Swiss police say a skier survived for 17 hours
buried beneath an avalanche before being pulled from the snow with only mild
hypothermia.*

Police in the southern canton of Valais say the 21-year-old man appeared to
have survived because he was trapped next to a pocket of air.

The unidentified man's family had reported him missing on Saturday afternoon
in the Evolene region about 50 miles east of Geneva.

Rescuers found the man beneath 20 inches of snow on Sunday.

Police described the man's survival as "extraordinary."

Dozens of skiers<http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,585038,00.html?test=latestnews#>are
killed by avalanches in the Swiss Alps each year.

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