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Video reveals skier fall down glacier crevasse in La Grave, France Lalrp

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A video that reveals a skier plunging into the deep crevasse of a glacier has gone viral, inflicting shock and horror and highlighting the potential risks of the game.

The video, which was filmed final 12 months however posted on social media solely final week, reveals the skier fall feet-first into the crevasse. The display goes black for a second as he’s knocked off his ft — then he’s hit by giant chunks of falling snow. He proceeds to slip down for a number of terrifying seconds earlier than his skis catch on the aspect of the crevasse, saving him from a deeper and extra harmful fall.

The skier, who gave the impression to be filming himself from a digicam strapped to his helmet, may be heard panting as he catches his breath, earlier than he speaks for the primary time, muttering in French: “What an fool.”

A French mountaineering group referred to as Les Powtos posted the video on April 18, and the reactions instantly started to pour in. “Terrifying,” wrote one Twitter consumer of the video. “Scary … this seems to be limitless,” mentioned one other.

The group mentioned its purpose was to not create a “buzz” however to lift consciousness concerning the risks of being distracted on skis, even for individuals with expertise navigating mountains. They mentioned the skier survived his fall and was not injured.

The incident occurred in April 2022 on the mountain of Meije close to La Grave in France’s southern Alps, members of Les Powtos advised The Washington Publish in a press release, including that they ultimately determined to share the video to teach others.

Their buddy, whom they mentioned needs to stay nameless, obtained caught up “within the euphoria of a descent” and didn’t handle to keep away from the crevasse forward as he careened down the mountain, they added.

They estimated that their buddy slid about 15 meters down into the glacier earlier than he was capable of cease.

The skier’s associates mentioned they have been watching this unfold from a decrease vantage level on the mountain. It took them 15 to twenty minutes to achieve the crevasse he had fallen into — “the longest [minutes] of our lives,” they mentioned, as a result of they feared that their buddy had fallen head first or too deep to be rescued. “Plenty of feelings undergo our heads however now we have to react rapidly,” they mentioned, recalling that second.

The skier was capable of start hoisting himself out of the crevasse with crampons and his skis on his again. When his associates reached him, they handed him a rope and have been capable of pull him out.

He even obtained again on his skis after taking a fast break, they added, describing their buddy as having a number of “calm and composure” in a tough state of affairs. “We don’t understand how any of us others would have reacted.”

Naomi Schanen contributed to this report.