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Specialist dogs team finds no trace of people caught in avalanche

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Specialist avalanche rescue dogs flown in to an avalanche site outside The Remarkables’ ski boundary today have not found evidence to suggest people are trapped.

The dogs were deployed to the Scarpa Run at 3pm this afternoon, after avalanche debris was first noticed at about 1pm today.

The Scarpa Run is located north of the ski area, about 500m from the ski area boundary.

A bus driver from The Remarkables spotted the 150m-long, 95m-deep avalanche on the opposite side of the gully from the ski area access road.

The Remarkables ski patrol searched the area immediately and are confident that no one had been caught in the debris, ski area manager Ross Lawrence says.

"Our patrol team conducted an extensive search of the area and found no trace of anyone. However, to make sure, we flew in a dogs team to do a final search. After two sweeps they also found no trace of anyone," Lawrence says.

"Whilst we are thankful no one has been affected today, it’s a timely reminder for anyone who skis or snowboards outside of the ski area boundary, that they need to be aware of the risk of avalanches and to make sure they always take the right equipment with them, including a transponder."

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