Item: Avalanche burials in the united states: 1967-1980
Title: Avalanche burials in the united states: 1967-1980
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1980 International Snow Science Workshop, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Authors: Betsy R. Armstrong, USDA Forest Service, Fort Collins, co.
Abstract: In 1976, Williams (1978) analyzed data from documented case histories of avalanche burials to determine chances of survival. With the addition of four more years of data, this paper updates many of the findings and examines data not looked at previously, drawing mainly from documented avalanche burials from 1967 to 1980. Survival rate according to type of rescue, body position when found, burial depth, and activity category were specifically examined. The analysis was restricted to victims totally buried, defined by Williams (1975) as those completely beneath the snow when the avalanche stops. This includes those with no more than an attached object or body part (i.e. hand, boot, or ski tip) protruding from the snow, as well as those in vehicles or buildings that are completely buried.
Keywords: fatalities, avalanche accidents, accident prevention, avalanche victims, avalanche burials
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