• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

Rescue caught on trapped snowboarder's helmet cam

March 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
One minute a snowboarder was on a California ski slope. The next minute, he was buried alive, and it was all caught on tape by the camera on his helmet.

James Drummond was snowboarding at Mt. Shasta Ski Park last week.

He was videotaping some friends with a camera mounted on his helmet when he suddenly lost his balance and fell head first into what's called a tree well, a sizeable hole near the trunk of a tree.

Drummond was trapped upside down beneath six feet of snow. His camera continued to capture footage.

His hands were pinned next to his chest, but luckily Drummond was able to reach his phone.

It took him 20 minutes before he was able to make a frantic phone call to his wife.

Drummond was able to give the ski patrol a description of his location. An hour after his fall, rescue crews were finally able to reach him.

Drummond actually snowboarded down the rest of the mountain.