Shocking moment British snowboarder is dug out of avalanche after being buried

A British woman had to be dug out of the snow after being buried by an avalanche in Switzerland.

Shocking footage showed the snowboarder being rescued after becoming trapped in Verbier on 30 January.

Professional snowboarder Victor Liebenguth, who filmed the rescue, helped free the Brit from the snow, Storyful reported.

He was also helped by other professional snowboarders.

Around ten people were buried in the snow (Picture: Storyful)

Liebenguth said he witnessed the avalanche cover around ten people on the mountain.

Verbier Ski Resort's had previously announced there was "very high avalanche danger" that day.

A metre of snow had fallen in a month which caused the risk, according to Liebenguth.The the orange bag in the video was Bodkin's avalanche airbag (Picture: Storyful)

In an Instagram post Liebenguth wrote: "Unfortunately two girls were snowboarding in the middle of the face and the avalanche hit them so hard.

"We were the first on site and immediately started to do the beacon research.

"We quickly found the first one, second one was 70m down the face and quickly rescued as well.

"While digging out the girls people around continued to ski in every directions and the inevitable happened, second avalanche hit the area and a third person got stocked in it."

British snowboarder Emma Bodkin was rescued from the snow (Picture: Storyful)

The woman was wearing a beacon, which is required when free-riding on open terrain.

Liebenguth added: "The beacon is a tool that allows you to detect other people wearing a beacon in the same area, but also allows you to be detected in case you're getting caught under an avalanche.

She was rescued after her beacon was picked up (Picture: Storyful)

"There's basically two modes, like, 'search mode' and 'transmission mode'."

He said the orange bag in the video was the woman's avalanche airbag, which would have helped prevent injuries.

There were no reported deaths as a result of the avalanche.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

READ MORE: Kids enjoy playing in snow while skiing and pushing each other

Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS