Christmas ‘Miracle’: Boy Survives 40-Minute Avalanche Burial in French Alps

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A 12-year-old boy has been found alive after being buried under an avalanche for 40 minutes in the French Alps.

Luckily for him he was discovered by rescuers who took a helicopter to his location off piste at the La Plagne ski, at 2,400 metres (7,875 feet) altitude.

Rescuers called the event a true "miracle" that the boy was uninjured in the avalanche.

Initial efforts to locate him were unsuccessful because he was not equipped with an avalanche beacon, which sends out a signal that can be...

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"The chances of survival are minuscule after 15 minutes under the snow". Police said among the reasons the boy survived is that his airways were not blocked by snow.

The boy escaped with only a broken leg and was transported to the Grenoble hospital, where he was placed under observation.

A total of 118 people were swept away by avalanches during last year's skiing season, resulting in 36 deaths.