whistler snowboarder captures video of terrifying ride on avalanche — and his survival, thanks to inflatable backpack

by:Powerful Toys     2019-12-06
Whistler Skiers have become an instant internet star after releasing his 25-year-old video
Second avalanche along the steep backcountry slope.
Tom Oye, 29, survived by an expensive backpack that was inflatable like a car airbag to post the video.
His friends and family in Australia made money to buy the device on a recent trip home.
The video was apparently shot with a helmet.
Installed camera, starting with Oye boarding through steep slopes.
Suddenly, the snow spread wide under him, and Oye was lifted down the hillside into a narrow ditch between the two trees.
\"Holy s-
\"It can be heard complaining before the airbag fan is inflated.
The sun disappears when White occupies the screen, but Oye is quickly above the snow.
After the snow stopped moving, there was another complaint as the bag deflated.
Then a boarder showed up and asked if Oye was OK. \"Yes, I\'m fine.
This is, uh, a little scary, \"Oye replied.
Oye, who has lived and worked in Whistler for more than three years, posted the video on Wednesday afternoon\'s Facebook page, just hours after his morning adventure.
By Thursday afternoon, the video has attracted more than 4 million views worldwide.
But that person doesn\'t know.
His boss at Whistler said he would relay Postmedia\'s request for comment on tuyer, saying: \"He will contact you if he is interested.
An Australian television news worker tracked Oye\'s family in Adelaide. His 82-year-
Marlene Oye, the old grandmother, said his family and friends had collected money to buy him a backpack when they recently returned home.
Her grandson is very interested in extreme sports, she said.
\"After seeing him get off the motorcycle, you know, I think you\'re ready,\" she said . \". “But (the video)
A little scary.
He is a very lucky young man.
Pascal Hagley, professor at Simon Fraser University who studies avalanche risk management, believes Oye is lucky.
\"It\'s definitely enough to get you killed,\" Haegeli said Thursday . \".
The equipment for the preservation of Oye was manufactured by Austrian Pieps.
\"These backpacks are usually just over $1,000,\" said Jarret Zavitz, who sells Jetforce\'s Vancouver Comor Sports.
Different models of backpacks cost up to $2,000.
Other companies also produce similar equipment.
If you are a ski, ski or other back athlete
Country users should find themselves in an avalanche and the jet force can be activated by pulling the wire on the shoulder strap of the backpack, as shown in the following Oye in another Facebook post. Ahigh-
The speed fan will inflate the bag to keep the user on top of the tumbling snow, Zavitz said.
If the user does get buried, the device automatically deflates after that, giving him or her a pocket of air.
The device has been around for about 15 years, but has become more and more popular over the past five years.
Haegeli says people who use airbags are more likely to die in an avalanche than those who don\'t.
He says victims can still be swept over a cliff or driven into a canyon or depression buried in heavy snow.
\"The airbag is very helpful, but it is not a guarantee,\" he said . \"
Avalanche forecasters at Avalanche Canada, Mark greystt, said the country\'s basic equipment includes transceivers, shovels and avalanche detectors.
\"Good planning and informed decision-making are irreplaceable,\" he said . \".
Grist also advises people to take an avalanche awareness course developed by Avalanche Canada.
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