While backcountry skiing you see a party of two caught in a soft slab avalanche. It takes you about 15 minutes to reach the site. One person, a 26 y/o female was only partially buried and was able to dig herself out. By the time you arrive, she has turned her beacon to receive and started to look for her partner who is completely buried. It takes you another twenty minutes to locate and uncover the second victim. He does not appear to be breathing and has has a weak pulse. He is wearing an AvaLung and the mouthpiece is in his mouth upon recovery.
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