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Rob Gauntlett killed during ice climb

January 19, 2009

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Rob Gauntlett, 21, the youngest Briton to climb Everest was killed alongside a school friend during an ice climb in the Alps.

“It is thought that the 21 year old were abseiling when a column  of ice fell and hit either them or their climbing pins, sending them crashing down 2,000 ft”

Source: Mail on Sunday, Independent: http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1111824/Youngest-Briton-conquer-Everest-friend-killed-Alps-avalanche-tragedy.html; http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/teen-everest-conqueror-dies-in-alpine-ice-avalanche-1299829.html

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British tourist plunges 200ft to his death after slipping from paragliding harness

January 6, 2009

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A British man plunged to his death in a paragliding accident in Argentina when he slipped loose from his harness. David Mather, 28, plummeted 230ft to the ground after he became detached from his instructor as his brother and best friend looked on. Witnesses said Mr Mather began screaming almost as soon as the paraglider was launched and saw his instructor trying to hold on to him. Mr Mather’s body was found in a garden at the foot of a hill close to where his brother and best friend had watched him take off. He died instantly.

Gareth, 29, said it was clear immediately when the pair took off that something was wrong. He said: ‘People were shouting that he wasn’t hooked up properly. You could see him slipping from the harness and the instructor reaching down trying to grab him. Mr Mather’s best friend Nikesh Patel had done the same flight safely just minutes before. But he revealed afterwards: ‘The instructor told me he didn’t have much experience.’

Mr Mather’s heartbroken girlfriend, Lydia Brown, and parents, Ian and Ceri, arrived in Salta at the weekend. His family are accusing the firm which runs these flights  –  where the passenger glides through the air attached to a parachute at up to 34mph  –  of negligence.

Source: Daily Mail – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1106238/British-tourist-plunges-200ft-death-slipping-paragliding-harness.html

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Survivor tells how he left friends buried under avalanche

January 6, 2009

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A man who narrowly survived a devastating series of avalanches has spoken of his “gut wrenching” decision to leave eight friends buried under the snow. Jeff Adams and two other survivors abandoned efforts to rescue their lifelong friends in order to save their own lives. Eleven men, all from the small mining town of Sparwood in British Columbia, were on a snowmobile expedition in the Canadian Rockies on Sunday when one of their vehicles became stuck. As they tried to free it, an avalanche swept down burying seven of them, including Mr Adams.

The four still on the surface began to dig the others out. But moments later a second avalanche came down at 93mph, burying everyone in a 15ft high wall of snow. Close to the surface, Mr Adams was able to pull himself, choking, out of the snow and helped free another man, Jeremy Rusnak. Their gloves and equipment now buried under the snow, the pair were trying to free a third man, James Drake, when yet another avalanche came down, forcing them to flee. “He was saying, ‘Don’t leave me here, don’t leave me here,’ and we kept saying, ‘we’re sorry’,” he recalled.

The third avalanche narrowly missed them and they were able to go back and dig Mr Drake out. But, with more avalanches likely, the three realised that their position was increasingly precarious. “It was unsafe to go in there and that’s when we had to make the gut-wrenching decision to leave our eight friends and start walking off the mountain,” he said. They returned by helicopter to help rescuers pinpoint the spot where their friends were but it was too late and the other eight men were dead.

Source: Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/canada/4060313/Survivor-tells-how-he-left-friends-buried-under-avalanche.html

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