On this day: the Thredbo Landslide

1997 Thredbo Landslide

At 11:35pm on the 30th of July, 1997, a landslide hit the ski village of Thredbo in New South Wales, Australia.

Eighteen people were killed as two ski lodges were destroyed by over 1000 tonnes of earth and debris.

Famously, ski instructor Stuart Diver survived in the freezing conditions of a collapsed building until his rescue on the evening of the 2nd of August. His wife Sally was beside him in the wreckage but drowned when she became trapped in a depression that filled with water.

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3 thoughts on “On this day: the Thredbo Landslide

  1. […] spending sixty-five hours trapped in freezing conditions in the rubble of the Thredbo landslide, Stuart Diver was pulled alive from his collapsed ski chalet in the evening of the 2nd of August, […]

  2. […] is the twentieth anniversary of Stuart Diver’s rescue from the rubble of the Thredbo landslide. While people outside Australia probably know little or nothing about this event, it was a Big Deal […]

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