2 Skiers Suffer Serious Injuries After Inbounds Avalanche at Las Leñas, Argentina

Avalanche, Las Lenas, Argentina
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Two people were rescued and hospitalized on Sunday after they triggered and were caught by an avalanche at Las Leñas ski resort in Argentina, local media report.

“There was an avalanche and so far there are two injured who have been taken to Malargüe Hospital and police officers with personnel from the complex are still being searched at the scene.”

– Commissioner of the Southern District, Miguel Sánchez

The avalanche occurred at 15:00 local time between the slopes of Venus and Neptune. The two skiers had skied down the challenging Ceñidor slope and triggered the avalanche. After an intensive search, authorities are reporting that there are no other missing or lost persons.

Lenas hiking map with Neptuno on the left.

One of the victims, 60 years old, was diagnosed with cerebral hypoxia due to snow crushing asphyxiation. He sustained a fracture of the tibial plate of his right knee and was admitted to the ICU for neurological and pulmonary function and pain monitoring. The second victim was a 42-year-old male patient who suffered from multiple trauma, loss of consciousness and minor trauma to his left ankle. He was taken to a medical clinic for observation.

Both patients are stable and are from Buenos Aires.

Map showing location of Las Lenas, Argentina in South America.


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