By Charlotte Regen
A group of passers-by jumped into action to save a child who was clinging on to a 25 foot-high ski lift for dear life.
The youngster can be seen hanging from the chair at Perfect North Slope, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, on February 18, with another child wedged in the sit and another woman also sliding from the chair.
The chaos was caught on camera by Adam Browning, from Cincinnati, Ohio, who was enjoying the slopes at the time.
He said: “Anyone who skis regularly will tell you there are always general shenanigans when you board the lift.
“You’ll see people fall, lose equipment, etc. It’s basically ground zero to spot the inexperienced.
“I first became aware of the situation when I heard the woman on the chair scream. You could tell she was absolutely terrified.
” I was in my chair with two kids and we all turned around just as the lift stopped. The chair was about 20-25 feet above the ground, and the woman was screaming for help as she was desperately holding onto the chair with one hand, and the child with the other.
“A bunch of staff members quickly gathered under the chair. One of them grabbed the red tarp and they all grabbed a section of it to create a soft surface to catch the girl.
“The entire time, the woman was freaking out, screaming, yelling “PLEASE HELP!”. One of the staff members was trying to calm her, and told her the only option was to let go of the girl who was slipping off the chair.
“She did, and they caught her. The woman on the chair repeatedly asked the girl if she was OK. She said yes, and everyone let out a big sigh of relief.”
“I’m still questioning what could have led to this situation.
“The whole episode lasted about five minutes. Once the girl was dropped, and they were sure she was OK, the lift resumed and everything was back to normal.”