A UK-based schoolboy spent an hour buried under an Alpine avalanche before a ‘miracle rescue’ by a search dog.
The 12-year-old, who lives in London but who has not been named, defied all the odds against his survival in thick snow and ice on Boxing Day.
Despite his life expectancy being put at ‘around 15 minutes maximum’, he escaped with a broken leg following the drama close to the French resort of La Plagne, which is hugely popular with British holidaymakers at this time of year.
The alert was raised at 1.50pm, and a mountain rescue team arrived less than 30 minutes later by helicopter with Belgian Malinois shepherd dogs.
The rescue operation was carried out by gendarme Raphael Chovin and Getro, his Malinois dog. At 2.53pm that Getro ‘sniffed the boy out’, and Mr. Chovin immediately started digging.
The boy was airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble where, despite a broken leg, he was said to be ‘recovering well’ today.
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