Scottish snowboarder survives avalanche in France

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 12, 2010 6:29 pm

Last week, 20-year-old Scot Kieran Tulbere from Dairy near Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway went missing when he was snowboarding in a ski resort in the Val D’Isere area of France.

A few hours after going missing, he was found unconscious at the bottom of a cliff, and today he is recovering nicely at a hospital in Grenoble where he is being treated for head injuries, broken ribs and a broken shoulder blade.

What is believed to have happened was that he was hiking up a cliff with his snowboard in tow when skiers above him triggered a mini-avalanche which swept him off the cliff. We’re glad he’s OK, but no one is as glad as his mother, Mari Tulbere from Strathaven:

“We have nothing but praise for the snow patrollers and the mountain rescue workers who found Kieran and got him to hospital so quickly.

He was in a coma when he was first admitted to the hospital, but he is now responding to treatment and we are optimistic that he will in time make a full recovery.”