PARIS (AP) – A 12-year-old boy in the French Alps was found alive and injured in an avalanche after 40 minutes of burial, an event his rescuers call a true "miracle".
French The police in the town of Bourg Saint-Maurice said the boy had skied on Wednesday in a group of seven skiers in front of the piste in the ski resort of La Plagne when he was swept away. Only one caught when a large part of the Snow from the mountain broke and roared, police said. He was towed at least 100 yards from the avalanche.
Rescue teams flew with a helicopter to the avalanche scene, which was at an altitude of 2,400 meters. A beagle found the boy, whose winter jacket was not equipped with an avalanche detector.
Rescue teams described the operation as a "miracle" because they consider the chances of survival after 1
"We can call it a miracle. One day after Christmas there was another gift, "said Captain Patrice Ribes.
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The boy was still being sent to a local hospital for examination.