Two skiers in Alaska were rescued over the weekend after they were stranded for hours due to an avalanche, according to the Anchorage Daily News
One of the skiers suffered a broken leg in the incident on Friday night, while his brother stayed with him as a third skier went for help, the newspaper reported.
“Apparently when the avalanche hit, he got partially swallowed by it and then spit back out as it was spreading out lower down,” Alaska state troopers spokesperson Megan Peters told the paper.
The rescuers launched a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter several hours after the other skier was able to call for help.
“During this time the two brothers attempted to ski out to the road after placing a splint on the broken leg. However, with dropping temperatures they did not get very far,” the Alaska National Air Guard said, according to the Daily News.