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Mads Gilberts advice to survive avalanche: - After 10 minutes decreases the chances dramatically

NORDKJOSBOTN (Dagbladet): 113-doctor Mads Gilbert had just informed the relatives after skredulykka on Blåbærfjell in if we in the state of minnesota, when he sat down with the Newspaper with some disturbing numbers.

- If you are completely buried in an avalanche, you need to be bailed out after 10 minutes. After that, it decreases the chances dramatically in order to survive, " says Mads Gilbert.

He showed off a graph which plunges abruptly down to zero. The figures are based on 1247 completely buried snøskredofre in skredulykker in Canada and Switzerland.

After 20 minutes, it is close to 40 per cent chance that you perish. After only 36 minutes was 96 percent of the 301 completely buried snøskredofre perished in the canadian material, " says Gilbert, who says that kystsnø is the worst.

Avalanches with kystsnø has revealed another brutality than inland-landslides, " says the experienced doctor.

Gilbert is klinikkoverlege at the University hospital of North Norway in Tromsø. Troms county is the nation's most skredutsatte area. And the victims of its brutality are numerous.

- It killed an average of 2-3 people each year. This is an epidemic, " says Mads Gilbert.

the New phase

In the nearly two weeks have Finnish Niklas Nyman (36), Michael Stone (29), Andre Stone and Swedish Disa Violett Lynx Bäckström (29) been buried in the avalanche in the Blåbærefjell in if we in Tromsø. Weather and unsafe conditions, has done the work for the crew to search for the casualties almost impossible.

Niklas, André, Michael, and Disa is buried in the avalanche of Blåbærfjell

today was sprengingseksperter from the armed forces flown in to skredområdet. Where performed a controlled detonation to trigger landslides in an imminent snøskavl.

We are in the inside phase 2 of the operation. It is performed blasting to skredsikre area for bakkeoperasjon when the time comes. As of now, we have yet to people in the mountains, " says Bill Munkvold which is operasjonsleder in the Troms police district.

SERVICE: The relatives lit candles for the deceased in the vicinity of the Blåbærfjell. Photo: Øistein Norum Monsen/Dagbladet. Show more

the Personnel on the ground made the evaluation. When the crew of the Norwegian armed forces and the NGI is on the ground, we will make an evaluation on whether skredområdet is secure and whether it is clear for personnel who search and eventually bring out the casualties, " says Munkevold.

Innsatslederen can't say anything about how long it will take before the casualties can be brought down from the mountain.

BLÅBÆRFJELLET: It is the short days in the north. Low light and bad weather has made search in the skredområdet difficult. Photo: Øistein Norum Monsen/Dagbladet. Show more No time

Mads Gilbert underwent heavy days along with the other innsatsstyrkene when redningsoperasjonen on Blåbærfjell could not be carried out. He was clearly affected by the situation on the presskonferansen where it was stated that the status of the mission had changed to the search for the supposed casualties. Then there had been two days. Two days with terrible weather conditions in the steep mountainside in if we

We don't have the preparedness that makes it possible to come to a skredområde within ten minutes. It is impossible. After 30 hours, there is no longer any hope, " says Gilbert.

In a table that Mads Gilbert showed up to Dagbladet goes up that suffocation is cause of death for eight of the ten who have died in the avalanche while two of the ten dies as a result of physical trauma. Only one percent die of hypothermia.

Aadne live under skredfjellet. Now he tells what happened the next day when four people disappeared in the avalanche

Klinikkoverlegen have two pieces of advice to survive an avalanche:

1. Avoid to be taken by the avalanche, avoid skredfarlig terrain!

2. Are you taken and buried is egenredning or kameratredning your chance.

risk of avalanche: All the roads up to the mountain are dangerous and are marked with a red and orange color on the topographic map from the NVE. Skredområdet where the deceased probably is buried in the snømassene, is marked with the blue line. The illustration was made in the days after the avalanche, but rasfaren has not been less in the area. Illustration: NVE Show more
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