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Magnolia teens talk about ice cave accident

September 25th, 2008 · 39 Comments

UPDATE:  We just got new pictures from the press conference with Alec and Alessandro.  The photos were taken by Clare McLean from the University of Washington.

This picture shows the boys playing rock, paper, scissors to see who would have to speak to the media first. Alec’s mom Joni Corbett is on the left.

Chrissy Gelmini speaks to the media about her son’s accident and recovery.

Alec (on left) talks to the media

Alessandro faces media questions.

The two Magnolia boys who were buried in an ice cave in the Cascade Mountains last month are now talking about the ordeal. Seventeen-year-old Alec Corbett and 14-year-old Alessandro Gelmini are recovering from injuries they suffered when the ice cave collapsed on them.  Both boys told KING TV they didn’t think they would live through the ordeal.

“When it first happened didn’t think I would make it out,” said Alessandro. (photo below)

The teens were hiking with their families in the Denny Creek area east of Seattle on Aug. 21, when they entered the mouth of the ice cave. A 50-foot section of the cave’s roof crashed down on them.

Alec and Alessandro are Magnolia neighbors.  Both boys are back at Bishop Blanchet High School but it will be six to twelve months before they are fully recovered.  They each suffered broken backs in the collapse and have undergone several surgeries.  Alessandro is in a wheelchair  with two fractured ankles and a dislocated shoulder.  Alec( photo below) currently needs crutches for a fractured ankle.



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