Natural Resources

Avalanches

Date: March 7, 1995

Location: Western Cove near St. Carol's

Easting: 603700

Northing: 5792550

Latitude: 51° 23' 00" N

Longitude: 55° 31' 00" W

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 1

Source: Northern Pen March 14, 1995

Travis Taylor was fortunate to survive an avalanche in Western Cove in March 1995. Western Cove is near St Carol's, not far from Ruby Hillier's home in Griquet. Travis and his friend Norma Cull were snowmobiling when 16 year-old Travis decided he'd try and use the snow machine to climb a steep hill. Norma was not enthusiastic about the idea, so leaving her as a spectator he attempted to ascend it himself. Close to the top he triggered an avalanche. In his own words (as reported in the "Northern Pen") he recalled:

"I didn't know what to think at first.. I was trying to breathe but the snow was in my face. I started to push my way through the snow. I knew the tips of my fingers were out but then I closed my eyes and I guess I blacked out."

Travis' actions of pushing his hand above surface, combined with Norma's caution almost certainly saved his life. She witnessed the avalanche and spotted Travis' hand emerging from the snow. He was only shallowly buried and she was able to quickly dig him out. His face had turned blue, and he was unconscious, so she administered CPR (a skill she had fortuitously learned from her father only a month before). Once Travis resumed breathing she quickly drove him to the nearby community of St Anthony Bight, from where he was taken to hospital, where he was treated for a mild case of hypothermia.

 
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