Today 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 in Australia at the time, and this image of the moment he was carried out became iconic.
The landslide happened at the New South Wales ski resort on the night of the 30th of July, 1997, killing eighteen people. Diver’s wife Sally drowned when the space she was trapped in filled with water, but he survived sixty-five hours in freezing conditions.
Afterwards, Diver became a national celebrity, wrote a book about his experience, and was even the subject of a movie.
Sadly, his second wife also died, in March 2015.