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Skier uses airbag to survive avalanche

A SPECIAL airbag helped save the life of this skier whose quick thinking prevented him from being buried alive in an avalanche.

The video shows a skier named Lukas enjoying some off-piste action in the northern Jeseniky Mountains, Czech Republic, when the snow below him suddenly begins to give way.

Dramatic footage from his helmet camera shows a section of the slope beginning to slide.

Once the skier realises what’s going on he quickly deploys an airbag which lends him sufficient weightlessness to stay on top of the moving snow.

He is carried some 100 metres down the slope where he crashes into some trees — but luckily being able to stay upright means he emerges unscathed.