A victim has the best chance of being rescued if the largest possible number of companions in a given group have not been buried and work efficiently as a team to search and rescue their companion.

In the event of an accident, the most important considerations are to: STAY CALM, BE OBSERVEANT, and RAISE THE ALARM.


  1. 1. Stay calm & Assess the situation:
    Are there any other risks?
    How many victims?
    Determine the primary search area!
  2. 2. Call emergency services: 
    max. 2 minutes
  3. 3. Burial search
    Signal search (EYE + ear, beacon)
    Coarse search (starting with first signal)
    Fine search (closer than 5 m on the surface)
    Pinpointing (systematic probing)
  4. 3. Systematic digging
  5. 4.  First Aid
  6. 5. Rescue