Five young teens save an 8-year-old boy who is dangling from a ski chairlift

An 8-year-old boy and family were boarding a ski lift at Grouse Mountain ski resort in North Vancouver when the boy immediately slipped out of the chair. His father grabbed on to his son and told the operator to stop the lift, according to Global News, but the music was too loud for the operator to hear. By the time the operator noticed and stopped the lift, the boy was hanging from the chair, around 20 feet off the ground, gripping on to his dad for dear life.

People on the ground were staring, not knowing what to do, until five boys ages 12-14 jumped into action. They saw a netted fence and grabbed a piece of it, along with some kind of pad they found, and held their makeshift safety net under the dangling boy. One of the teens told the boy to kick off his skis, and another said, "Trust us and drop." Which the boy did, and landed without any injuries.

For their heroic deed, the teens are receiving free passes to the ski resort for a year.

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Out-of-control ski lift speeds downhill and flings skiers off their seats

A ski lift in Georgia (the country, not US state) went haywire went it lost its brakes and sent passengers downhill, picking up speed and flinging skiers off the lift. The stuff of nightmares.

Snowboarder Alena Pakhomova posted this footage on her Instagram page:

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A post shared by Алена Пахомова (@pahomova_enduro22) on Mar 16, 2018 at 3:33am PDT

According to The Telegraph:

Georgia's Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed emergency ski patrols were quickly dispatched to the scene and a helicopter helped transport injured parties to hospital.

“Among the injured are Swedish and Ukrainian citizens,” said Mr Sergeenko [translated].

“Only two cases need to be monitored,” he added. “One of the injured, a Ukrainian citizen, broke his hand during the incident, and has a small head injury, while a Swedish citizen is pregnant and feels pain in her waist.”

A spokesperson for Austrian-based ski-lift producer, the Doppelmayr Garaventa group, confirmed to The Telegraph it does not yet know what caused the incident.

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