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To Deploy an Avalanche Airbag in Water, or Not?

 

Mike Duffy

Avalanche Instructor Mike Duffy tested these four different models of avalanche airbags to see how they would affect the user in water. Duffy did these tests after reading about the snowmobiler who deployed his airbag after unintentionally driving into open water on Seeley Lake last December.

SEELEY LAKE - Avalanche instructor Mike Duffy of Eagle, Colo. had questions after reading about the two snowmobilers who died after unintentionally driving into open water on Seeley Lake last December. Because one of the victims was reported to have deployed his avalanche airbag, Duffy asked, should a snowmobiler deploy an avalanche airbag if they end up in open water on a sinking snowmobile? Will it float someone face up or down?

Duffy heard about the accident after it was posted on a SnoWest forum. Being a snowmobile-specific avalanche instructor, Duffy is involved with product testing an...



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