UXBRIDGE: A 7-year-old boy was airlifted to Sick Kids childrens hospital in stable condition after falling off a ski lift at Lakeridge Ski Resort club in Uxbridge on Thursday, Feb. 11.
Durham Regional Police were called to the resort at 11:49 a.m. According to police, the boy was seated in the chairlift with three other people when he lost a ski as the lift went up the hill. The boy then turned to look back, slipped and fell.
Police also added that a boy sitting beside him grabbed him and held him for about two minutes as resort staff prepared to respond. The lift was stopped, and a net was set up to catch the boy, as he was hanging from 40 feet above the resort. The boy then fell on the net and bounced onto the hill nearby.
Shortly after the fall, the boy was transported to Uxbridge Cottage Hospital before being airlifted.
According to the Lakeridge Ski Resort, the boy was on a school trip at the time of the incident.
Resort Director of Outside Operations John Tustian said that nobody wants an incident like this to happen, but lauded the staff at the resort for their quick response.
“The crew did a great job and acted just like they were trained to react,” he said. “We have been proactive in trying to reduce incidents like these from happening. It’s not good when it does happen, but the staff did what they were trained to do.”
Mr. Tustian also added that the entire ski industry in Canada has been “grappling” with how to reduce incidents like these from happening.
The classmate who grabbed the boy as he fell, as well as staff at the resort, will be recommended for Citizen Recognition Awards for their actions according to Durham police.