Five teenagers are being hailed as heroes after they came to the rescue of an 8-year-old boy who was dangling from a ski lift earlier this week.
Video footage of the rescue at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, Canada shows a man – who is presumed to be the boy’s father – hanging onto the youngster’s arms from underneath the lift’s safety rail.
As anxious skiers watched the situation unfold, a group of teenagers jumped into action by grabbing a piece of netting and holding it underneath the boy.
Gabriel Nielson, one of the teenagers who facilitated the rescue mission, told Global News that it took some time to convince the boy to kick off his skis and fall into the netting – but after some coaxing, the boy finally let go of his father and fell safely into the plastic hammock 20 feet below.
“At one point, we were just like, ‘OK, you just need to trust us, you just need to drop,” said Nielson. “And so then he dropped, and we caught him.”
The boy was unharmed by the fall, but he was still taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution. Though ski mountain officials are unaware of how the boy ended up in the harrowing predicament, they are giving the teen rescuers free season ski passes as rewards for their actions.
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