Rescuers dig at the scene of an avalanche in Missoula's Rattlesnake Valley on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. The avalanche roared into a residential neighborhood and destroyed a house, but three people were found alive amid the snow and wreckage, police said. The survivors were an elderly couple and an 8-year-old boy, police Sgt. Travis Welsh said. (AP Photo/The Missoulian, Tom Bauer)
Montana boy tried to bite, lick his way out of avalanche
The Associated Press
First Published Mar 07 2014 12:02 pm • Last Updated Mar 07 2014 03:35 pm
New York • An 8-year-old western Montana boy who spent about an hour buried in the snow after a deadly avalanche roared into his backyard says he tried to "lick and bite" his way out before becoming tired and falling asleep.
Phoenix Scoles-Coburn, of Missoula, told "Today" show host Matt Lauer on Friday that he doesn’t remember the moment the Feb. 28 snow slide hit him.
He says he looked back and saw a tree wobbling, so he ran. The next thing he knew, he was in the snow.
Phoenix’s mother, Erin Scoles, says dozens of residents responded quickly with shovels and avalanche probes, but it took an hour to find the boy.
Phoenix suffered a laceration to his spleen and was hospitalized for two days.
The avalanche also buried a husband and wife. They also eventually were rescued, but the woman died in a hospital two days later.
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