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Horrifying: Guided Tour Group Survives Huge Avalanche That Nearly Buried Them Alive

ScienceHorrifying: Guided Tour Group Survives Huge Avalanche That Nearly Buried Them Alive

A huge avalanche swept over ten people, which included nine Brits, in the Tian Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan.

They have reportedly survived the incident, according to The Guardian.

Harry Shimmin, one of the participants on the trekking tour, posted a video to Instagram of snow falling off a mountain in the distance and moving toward them.

It made the group duck for cover.

Shimmin had left the guided tour group to take pictures when he heard “the sound of deep ice cracking behind me,” as he wrote next to the video.

He added: “I’d been there for a few minutes already, so I knew there was a spot for shelter right next to me.

“I left it to the last second to move, and yes I know it would have been safer moving to the shelter right away. I’m very aware that I took a big risk. I felt in control, but regardless, when the snow started coming over and it got dark/harder to breathe, I was bricking it and I thought I might die.”

Tian Shan mountains span south-eastern Kyrgyzstan and its northeast border with China.

They were part of the old Silk Road trade route from the Middle East and Asia to the west.

Shimmin claimed that he felt “giddy” when he realized he was merely covered in light powder “without a scratch” and that his group was okay.

They were going to walk along the path of the avalanche soon. He said, “We would have only heard the roar before lights out.”

Shimmin also said that a few people on tour got minor injuries.

A woman from the United States cut her knee to the bone and had to be taken by horse to a hospital three hours away.

She went home after getting stitched up and spending some time in the ER.

“I won’t lie, it was harrowing to walk through the aftermath of where we would have been if we were 5 minutes quicker,” he wrote. “I stared at the roof of my tent for longer than I care to admit that night. Very, very glad everyone survived without super serious injuries.”


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