The Boulder Mountain avalanche: on-site aftermath photos
By David F. Rooney
There’s an old tradition in journalism of forming a pool when access to a disaster or event is extremely limited. It’s usually just a few people who are trusted by their peers to write a story about what they see and take pictures and/or video that can be used by all news outlets covering a particular situation.
Reporters covering the Boulder Mountain avalanche were all eager to gain access to the scene but knew that wouldn’t be possible. So we pitched the idea of a pool to the Mounties and political leaders who were making decisions in the aftermath of the avalanche. They permitted photographer Jeff Bassett of The Canadian Press, the national news service, to fly over the site of the avalanche in a helicopter.
Here are the images Bassett took for the pool:
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