Rescue team dig out British snowboarder as she screams for help after she and a friend were buried by an AVALANCHE in Switzerland, in footage released to warn others
- Snowboarder Victor Liebenguth was riding at Verbier when an avalanche struck
- He saw two women get buried, and immediately rushed to help dig them out
- Dramatic video captured the moment one woman was rescued from the snow
- Mr Liebenguth urged those using the mountain to educate themselves on risks
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Dramatic footage has captured the moment a British woman was saved after being buried by an avalanche in the ski resort of Verbier.
Victor Liebenguth, a professional snowboarder who lives in the Swiss village, said the woman was skiing off-piste on January 30 when the avalanche struck.
Posting the footage on Instagram as a warning to others, he wrote: ‘Thursday 30th of January was a hard day, almost one meter of powder landed on a four weeks dry terrain, the avalanche risk was so high.
Victor Liebenguth, a professional snowboarder living in the Swiss village of Verbier, captured the moment he helped to rescue a British woman after an avalanche
Mr Liebenguth said the woman was skiing off-piste with a group of around 10 people on January 30th without taking proper safety precautions despite a high risk of avalanche
‘We were riding… in Verbier area when we saw a [big] avalanche going down next door [in] Creblet pass.
‘Maybe 10 people riding at the same time, on the same face. No security precautions at all. Unfortunately two girls were snowboarding in the middle of the face and the avalanche hit them so hard.
‘We were the first on site and immediately started to do the beacon research. We quickly found the first one, second one was 70m (230ft) down the face and quickly rescued as well.
‘While digging out the girls people around continued to ski in every directions and the inevitable happened, second avalanche hit the area and a third person got stocked in it. F*** that was scary.
He said two women were hit full-on by the wall of snow, and captured the moment one of them was rescued on his body camera
Mr Liebenguth said he posted the footage online as a warning to others to take proper precautions and educate themselves on avalanche risks
‘Verbier is the freeride mecca and everyone riding outside the slopes should have the right equipment, get informed of the conditions and more importantly get trained in mountain safety to have the right reflexes and knowledge.
‘Usually not a big fan of watching that kind of content on the socials but I hope this will help a bit in motivating people to get educated.’
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