Strangers, chairlift operators, and patrol staff all raced to help a 70-year old woman who was dangling off a chairlift at Whistler Blackcomb, BC this weekend.
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The incident, caught on camera, happened at 2:30 pm Saturday on the Emerald Express. According to witnesses, the chairlift suddenly stopped before restarting, causing the woman to end up in the precarious position.
“A lot of people in the chairlift line, including myself, were all yelling at the lifties to stop the chair because the woman was dangling,” the witness told CTV News.
Marc Riddell, a spokesperson for the ski resort, said the 70-year-old woman was brushing snow off the chairlift and hadn’t sat down properly when it started to take off, causing her to get caught. The woman’s husband grabbed onto her, preventing her from falling while people quickly grabbed a net to save her.
People broke out in applause when the woman safely fell uninjured into the net.