Clinging on for dear life: The heart-stopping moment young boy let go of father's hand and plunged 25ft from ski lift and into arms of rescuers below


Tight grip: A boy dangles from his father's hand on a ski lift around 25ft in the air at Hidden Valley Ski & Snowboard Area in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin

A boy was dramatically rescued by strangers after sliding out of a chair lift on a ski slope and left dangling 25 feet in the air.
He was spotted gripping on to his father's hand below the chair at 2.45pm on Sunday and a crowd quickly gathered to try to catch him.
The ski lift at the Hidden Valley Ski & Snowboard Area was suspended during the rescue in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.

Open arms: Fellow skiers rushed to the boy's rescue after he slid out of the chair lift at the family-run slope in Wisconsin

Matt Roeser, 42, from Green Bay, was inside the chalet nearby at the family-run slope. He told MailOnline today: 'The boy was lucky, rescuers got to him immediately. They figured the best way to save him was for him to let go of his father's hand and they catch him.
'He fell into the arms of those below and was not injured. The boy was pretty shaken but more embarrassed. He took a little while to recover but got back on the chair lift and skied the rest of the day.'

Free fall: The child drops from the ski lift as a crowd raise their arms to protect his landing

The incident happened on the same day that a young woman died after falling for a chair lift while skiing in Park City, Utah.
The 19-year-old college student has not been identified as police were trying to contact her family.
The teenager's death comes just ten days after Olympic freestyle skiier Sarah Burke died on the same mountain due to a fall sustained while performing a trick.

Safe landing: Matt Roeser, 42, who was at the chalet nearby managed to capture the dramatic rescue on camera

A source from the resort said that the 19-year-old may have been suffering a medical episode when she fell 30 feet down from the lift at 11.49am.
Steve Pastorino, the press representative for Canyons resort, said that the woman was not staying at the resort but was simply skiing on the High Meadow trail as a visitor. He says ski patrol workers arrived within one minute of the fall to give first aid. She was pronounced dead shortly after on scene and transported by helicopter to a local hospital.

Expert: Olympic champion Sarah Burke died earlier this month on the mountain in Park City, Utah after a 'freak accident'

Olympic skiier Burke, who was 29 at the time of her death and one of the top half-pipe athletes in the world, died at the Salt Lake City hospital where she was taken following the accident. She had sustained ‘irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest’, according to a statement released by her publicist. She fell on the Eagle Superpipe in Park City after performing a trick known as a Flat Spin 540. Peter Judge, the CEO of Canada's freestyle team, said the injury was due to a 'freak accident' after a trick that was well within her capabilities.

source: dailymail


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