A 52-year old snowmobiler died despite CPR after a cornice collapsed under his snowmobile in Whistler. Based on the news release, the Whistler Search and Rescue were sent to Mt. Callaghan after reports of a snowmobiler who had fallen in the area. The man identified as Karl Baker was a founding member of Nanaimo Search and Rescue.
Fatality on icy slopes
The search crews found that the man stopped his snowmobile on a snow cornice that later collapsed. He was found partly buried 250 feet below the snow. Even though other snowmobilers in the area dug him out and initiated CPR, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Carl Trobridge, Nanaimo Search and Rescue president in a statement, the members were saddened to learn of the passing of Karl Baker who was a dedicated member of the NSAR for more than 15 years.
Be prepared with basic first aid while on the ice
Enrolling in a first aid course is vital when engaging in outdoor activities. You will learn all the essential life-saving skills including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
During emergencies, prompt delivery of these life-saving measures can help save a life. Remember that it is better to act right away by performing CPR than doing nothing at all. Early delivery of CPR can significantly increase the chances of survival during emergencies.
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