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    13 Aug 04, 13:24
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A full scale search and rescue operation at Wanaka’s Treble Cone ski area has resulted in the ‘all-clear’ being given following an avalanche earlier today.

A ski area patrol team carrying out avalanche control work in a closed area triggered a large avalanche at around 11.30am this morning (Friday Aug 13).

The avalanche slid for around 500m, carrying about 200m into the main ski area basin.

Treble Cone immediately instigated a full search and rescue operation. Most reports were that the area was clear at the time of the avalanche, but there was one conflicting report that people may have been caught in the snow.

Two people were caught in the lower section of the slide and were shaken but unhurt, according to Treble Cone ski area manager Jackie van der Voort.

“Our ski patrollers are very experienced and are very aware of snow conditions,” she said.

“They had carried out control work in the main basin and were in an area above the basin called Bullwheel Rocks. The slide they triggered there was the biggest anyone had seen in at least ten years, a very rare event.”

There were about 1500 to 2000 people on the mountain at the time of the incident and ski area staff instigated an immediate check and double check to account for everyone on the slopes.

Everyone was evacuated from lifts to make way for search and rescue teams from Wanaka and Queenstown, and representatives from the police, paramedics and St John Ambulance who all went to the avalanche site.

Approximately 150 people thoroughly probed the snow, and three avalanche search dogs were also involved. The search was called off at 2.15pm when Treble Cone staff were satisfied that no-one had been caught in the slide.

“We are extremely relieved and delighted to have had such a good outcome, because it confirmed our first belief that no-one was involved,” said Ms van der Voort.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped including members of the public, search and rescue personnel and staff. We were impressed that so many local skiers were appropriately equipped and willing to assist.”

Ms van der Voort said Treble Cone would carry out a full debrief of the incident.

For further media information please contact Jackie van der Voort on 021 431 689
    14 Aug 04, 04:44
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