19 December 2014

Speaking of Lucky: Everyone Lived

I wrote this morning about a skier who survived burial in an avalanche.

Now the Associated Press brings the story of 23 soldiers doing field duty at Eielson Air Force Base survived carbon monoxide poisoning.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Army investigators in Alaska have concluded that a corroded vent hose on a field stove caused carbon monoxide poisoning that sickened 23 soldiers during a September exercise.

Army Alaska spokesman Lt. Col. Alan Brown tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1GVgjkp) that the carbon monoxide came from a gas-fueled oven used to heat trays of food in a kitchen tent.

Investigators concluded the corroded hose was not properly connected and kept gas inside the tent.
None of the soldiers in the incident Sept. 25 near Eielson Air Force Base suffered life-threatening injuries. Nineteen were treated and released. Four showed elevated carbon monoxide levels in their blood but recovered after hospital stays.

The soldiers were part of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

 Thank God that no one died. Our soldiers have enough on their plates without worrying about death-by-mess-tent.

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Here's the reference:

Backcountry Skier Survives Full Burial in Avalanche

A Turnagain Pass avalanche fully buried a skier Thursday afternoon, according to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center. But in a "remarkable" turn of events, the skier walked away uninjured after digging his head out of the snow, according to avalanche forecaster John Fitzgerald.

The 350-foot-wide avalanche was triggered by the skier and ran downhill an estimated 1,000 feet on the southwest face of Sunburst Ridge, Fitzgerald said. The man's companion, who escaped the avalanche by riding on the outside, helped dig out the buried skier.
An avalanche down Sunburst Ridge in Turnagain Pass on Thursday left one man buried. With the help of a companion, he was able to dig out. Heather Thamm / CNFAIC

 That is one blessed fella!