Classmate holds on to 7-year-old who slipped off ski lift

A young boy managed to hold onto his classmate who slipped off a ski lift at an Ontario ski resort long enough for resort staff to set up a safety net below.

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Durham police say the seven-year-old skier is recovering at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children after sustaining serious injuries in the fall.

The boy was heading up a hill on the ski lift at Lakeridge Ski Resort in Uxbridge, Ont., located about 65 kilometres northeast of Toronto, on Thursday with three other classmates when he lost a ski.

Police said the boy turned in his seat to look back when he slipped off the seat and began to fall.

A classmate sitting beside the boy managed to grab him and hold onto him for about two minutes as he was dangling about 40-feet off the ground. Meanwhile, staff at the resort had enough time to set up a safety net below.

The boy fell into the net and then bounced onto the hill.

Police said Thursday that the boy’s condition was serious and he was airlifted to Sick Kidshospital.

The classmate who held onto the boy and staff from the ski resort are being recommended for a citizen recognition award.



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