- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Officials with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center say a snowmobiler was lucky to have survived being buried under 4 feet of snow after triggering an avalanche near Cooke City.

The GNFAC says the man triggered the slide on Friday. Avalanche specialist Doug Chabot (sha-BOH’) says fellow snowmobilers were able to dig the man out within 10 minutes and revive him with CPR. His Monday morning avalanche report notes successful revival is “very, very rare” and he told The Billings Gazette (http://bit.ly/1fRVvCi) it was “an incredible story of companion rescue.”

The man was able to ride back to Cooke City on his snowmobile. His name was not released.

The GNFAC says the avalanche broke 4 to 12 feet deep, was 500 feet wide and ran 300 feet.

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