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 Post subject: Avalanche in Revelstoke
PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:38 pm 
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Boy, the news of this is just awful. 2 dead, 30 injured, 1 critical. And others were believed to be trapped under snow overnight.

The avalanche centre had sent out warnings of "an extreme avalanche risk" in the area in the days before yesterday's event.

But these guys - and they'll be mostly if not all guys - went any way. Now there will be children without dads.

There are risk takers and then there is this. I don't get it; I just

:dungetit

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/ ... anche.html

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:20 pm 
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Several participants in the unsanctioned event said they knew the avalanche risk was high, but were enticed by the sunny weather and the metre of fresh snow.


This is so horrible. It seems like every time there is a fatal accident due to snowmobiling, skiing, going out onto frozen lakes etc. the participants knew of the risks pertaining to their particular activity before going out. I just don't get the logic in taking a risk that may end in a tragic loss of life. What always makes them think that the warnings don't apply to them and that they are invincible?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:08 am 
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In the seconds before a wall of snow swept over them, George Hall turned, wrapped his arms around his 13-year-old son as tightly as he could and hugged him.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/1003 ... _survivors

It's one thing to assume the risks as an adult but to bring your child? I don't think the man in the story realized the risk and I am sure others didn't either.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:00 pm 
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I just heard a great suggestion on the radio news - that perhaps it's time to take a step to protect people from themselves. If the risk is considered high, then "flags" go up (kind of like beaches, I guess ... but these would not be actual visible flags - they would be advertised warnings of some sort, probably through signage on highways and on the internet). Anyone who requires rescue from such a situation would then have to foot the bill for emergency rescue etc... Also, anyone caught in an out of bounds area could be subjected to heavy fines.

Would that work? Not being a risk-taker, I have no idea if it would stop these people. So sad for their families.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:55 pm 
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How about saying it's dangerous and not letting them do it? Fines if they're caught.

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