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https://mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/4112019-avalanche-fatality-raymond-cataract/

It's a terrible way to go. "Lucky" enough to survived the burial, only to died of hyperthermia.
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What an incredible, and ultimately sad tale. The commitment of the ranger, the survival of a two hour burial followed by a tragic death.
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Chit chat from local community were, he tried several people he knew to find a partner to go with him. But none of his potential buddies were available. In the end, he decided he'd go without partner. What a sad ending.


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I am not so sure he died of hypothermia, it was mentioned in the article as a possibility that his organs may have been preserved due to that but not that it was the cause of death.
It sounds a lot like what can happen in suspension trauma where venous pooling occurs. When mobile again the toxic blood can cause organ failure.

Ultimately horrific and sad.
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The cause of death was reported as asphyxiation.

Severe hypothermia takes a long time in this scenario, core heat loss would run at about 3°c/hr at peak (under 1°/hr min.) Burial time here was 133 minutes although I assume that figure is a best guess. Which puts a likely condition of moderate hypothermia. That's been linked to survival in long burial times hence the suggestion to use ECMO (I'm sure Wikipedia will explain).

I see the reason it reminds you of suspension trauma but that's a massively complex issue in it's own right and little confusing in this context. You're thinking of compartment and reflow syndrome. It's certainly the case that asphyxiation leads to hypoxia as well. In some ways the failure of organs to pump blood, deliver oxygen, clear waste etc are common to a lot of medical conditions and you'll see that across different conditions.

A thought here might be that burials can lead to complex medical problems that need advanced support but primary or on-scene responders need some skills. Or, having CPR & BLS skills are vital as is calling for outside help ASAP.
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Ouch.

Gruesome but good analysis.

Lines up with the advice to never ski east or north trails in the afternoon.
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This is a tragic story too

https://www.planetski.eu/news/11722
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