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Two Colorado college students rescue dog lost in avalanche

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Story at a glance

  • Two Colorado School of Mines students rescued a dog from an avalanche on Dec. 26.
  • Bobby White and Josh Trujillo were backcountry skiing near Berthoud Pass Dec. 26 when they saw an avalanche occur nearby, trapping a man’s dog.
  • After 20 minutes of searching, the dog, Apollo, was located shaken but unscathed.

Two college students in Colorado are being heralded as heroes after their GoPro caught the moment they rescued a dog that had been taken by an avalanche.

Bobby White and Josh Trujillo were backcountry skiing near Berthoud Pass Dec. 26 when they saw an avalanche occur nearby, the duo told ABC News.

The two Colorado School of Mines students made their way over to the area, where they encountered another group of people and asked if anyone had been caught in the avalanche. After confirming all people were accounted for, Scott Shepherd told the two that the group had veered off course and his dog, Apollo, had taken off ahead when the dog seemed to trigger the avalanche, sweeping Apollo away with it.


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“He started moving, and he just looked confused like, ‘Why am I sliding down the hill?’ And then he was just gone,” Shepherd told ABC News.

White and Trujillo began using their 8-foot probe poles to poke into the snow in hopes of hitting and finding Apollo buried beneath. Trujillo, White, and Shepherd searched for 20 minutes when, as Trujillo was about to pack his things, he spotted Apollo’s nose peeking through the snow.

 

“I found him! I found him, I found him, I found him!” Trujillo yells in the video. “I can see him. He’s still alive.”

The three men were able to dig out Apollo, who immediately made his way to his owner, shaken but unscathed.

“After a couple days of rest and calls with a veterinarian, Apollo is back to normal with no signs of injury,” Shepherd said, adding, “I feel like I got — kind of got away with something that has such a huge lesson without huge consequences. Like, he could have been lost forever.”


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