A group of teenagers came to the rescue of an eight-year-old boy as he fell from a chairlift at a Vancouver ski resort.
Video shows the eight-year-old dangling from the side of a chairlift on Grouse Mountain some 25-feet in the air, holding onto his father, after he slipped.
One of the teenagers, 14-year-old James Macdonald, told CNN he didn’t think the boy could hold on for very long, but his quick-thinking saved the boy from serious injury.
A group of young skiers are being praised for saving a boy who was dangling from a chairlift on Grouse Mountain
Despite shaky camera footage the boy can be clearly seen dangling from the chairlift
The boy’s father clings onto his son for as long as he was able to before he lost his grip
The eight-year-old boy was dangling and eventually lost his grip
He asked a nearby man to get some orange netting which is normally used to mark out where the skiing boundaries are.
‘He was starting to flail about and get extremely panicked,’ Macdonald told CNN.
Macdonald said his friends, Gabriel Neilson, and 12-year-old Josh Ravensbergen, had been skiing down the mountain when they offered to help along with a man and a woman who were close by.
Neilson tried to calm down the boy as he stripped off padding from a pole and placed it on the netting to give it more support.
A group of fellow skiers grabbed nearby orange plastic netting for which to catch the boy
He fell from the chair left but a group of teenagers were standing below with netting to cushion his fall
The boy fell from the chairlift and ended up landing right in the center of the netting
Quick-thinking skiers used some of the plastic netting to in order to use it as a safety net
Neilson told the boy to remove his skis and then asked the boy’s dad to release his grip.
After the father let go, the boy fell safely into the padding that was being held by around 10 other people.
A cheer rang out as the boy was safely caught.
The boy was then sent to hospital as a precautionary measure although the boy suffered no serious injuries.
As a reward, the boys were each given a complimentary season pass from the president of Grouse Mountain, Michael Cameron, said Julia Grant, spokesperson for Grouse Mountain.
Some orange plastic netting was used along with some foam in an effort to soften the boy’s fall
Some foam from around the chair lift poles was also used to cushion the boy’s fall
The little boy can be seen still on the floor after his fall. He was taken to hospital for a check-up
The incident happened at Grouse Mountain ski resort near Vancouver, pictured on Sunday