Russian rescued after avalanche while skiing off-piste in Bulgaria’s Bansko

A Bulgarian Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service team dug out a Russian tourist who had spent two hours trapped under snow after an avalanche high in the Pirin mountains, local media said on February 29.

The Russian, accompanied by a compatriot also from Moscow, had been skiing off-piste high on the mountain’s Echmishte area near Bansko, reports said.

He remained alive because he had been able to breathe through a hole in the snow, according to the reports.

The Mountain Rescue Service reiterated its warning against off-piste skiing.

In an advisory on the morning of February 29, the Mountain Rescue Service described the danger of avalanches on the slopes facing east-north-east and north in that area of Bansko as significant.

The advisory said that there was fresh snow cover on a layer of icy surface. Higher temperatures and winds raised the risk. Particular care was advised when descending steep slopes and people should avoid passing over exposed slopes, the note said.



The Sofia Globe staff

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