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An avalanche rescue caught on camera

In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, earlier this year, an Australian man named James Mort survived being buried in an avalanche while skiing in the Swiss Alps thanks to rescue efforts by his friends, one of whom captured his rescue on a helmet camera. Mort talks to the NewsHour about what he hopes others will learn from his experience.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Finally, to our NewsHour Shares of the day, something that caught our eye that might be of interest to you, too.

    Australian James Mort survived being buried in an avalanche while skiing in the Swiss Alps earlier this year. Several friends came to his rescue, and one captured the frantic search on a camera mounted to his helmet. The video was viewed widely online.

    James Mort spoke with us about that experience, and what he hopes others will learn from it.

  • MAN:

    Avalanche!

    Where's James? Where's James?

  • JAMES MORT:

    The first thing I thought was, you're dead. You're an idiot. You shouldn't have skied here.

  • MAN:

    I see him. He's over there.

  • JAMES MORT:

    Oxygen was pretty limited. And I was starting to feel a little lightheaded by the time the guys got to me.

    If my ski pole hadn't had been sticking out, they wouldn't have been able to find me at all. Because the snow was so dense, I didn't see anything or realize they were nearby until the shovel slammed into my face.

  • MAN:

    James!

  • MAN:

    James!

  • MAN:

    Yes, we have got him.

  • JAMES MORT:

    It was four minutes of not knowing at all, which is horrifying.

    I hope that people will see this video and decide to do an avalanche awareness course and buy all the correct gear before they go out, because it means they may well save a life if they have to and prevent further accidents in the future.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    That sounds like good advice, especially if you happen to find yourself in an avalanche.

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