5-year-old girl dangles from chairlift as mom watches in horror; video report

5-year-old girl dangles from chairlift as mom watches in horror; video report

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5-year-old girl dangles from chairlift as mom watches in horror; video report

Girl dangles from a ski lift as ski instructor holds on. Photo is a screen grab.

A 5-year-old girl lost consciousness as a ski instructor held on to her by the hoodie after she slipped off a chairlift and was left dangling as her mother watched in horror at a Southern California ski resort.

The girl and her 7-year-old sister were getting ski lessons and were riding a chairlift with the instructor at Bear Mountain Ski Resort in Big Bear Lake when the incident occurred Saturday, according to KABC in Los Angeles. The girls’ mother was three chairs ahead.

“I kept hearing people screaming and yelling,” the mother told KABC while choking up. “I turned back and [saw] Sara dangling from the chairlift and she was there and she was just dangling and I couldn’t do anything about it.”

Staff members got a tarp and held it underneath allowing the ski instructor to let go of Sara, who dropped safely into the tarp, as video of the incident showed in KABC’s report:

Sara passed out from being choked by her helmet and hoodie. The mother, who didn’t want to be identified, said the rescuers were prepared to perform CPR but that Sara regained consciousness.

Sara didn’t sustain any serious injuries, but she had bruising on her neck and legs. Her father told KABC the ski instructor was a hero because it could’ve been much worse.

The mother told KABC that it appeared that the lift operator failed to stop the lift until the screams got the operator’s attention.

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Two safety issues were raised afterward: The safety bar was inexplicably left up once the trio boarded the chairlift, and the icy seats weren’t properly cleaned off from overnight moisture, making them slippery.

Bear Mountain is investigating the incident, saying in a statement, “We take every precaution to ensure the safety of our guests. We are looking into this incident and will do everything we can to prevent something like this from happening again.”

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