February 28, 2019 5:17 pm
Updated: March 2, 2019 1:33 am

Teens hailed as heroes for rescuing young boy dangling from Grouse Mountain chairlift

WATCH: A group of young skiers is being praised tonight for their efforts to help save a boy who found himself dangling from a chairlift on Grouse Mountain on Wednesday. As Grace Ke reports, the whole incident was caught on video.


Five young skiers are being praised for saving a boy who was dangling from a chairlift on Grouse Mountain.

Video captured Wednesday afternoon shows a man on a chairlift desperately clinging to a young boy while others watched in horror below.

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Extended: Teens help rescue boy dangling from Grouse Mountain chairlift

That’s when a group of five young skiers jumped into action, using a piece of out-of-bounds netting to help cushion the boy’s fall.

Gabriel Nielson said it was hard to convince the boy to kick off his skis and jump.

“At one point, we were just like, ‘OK, you just need to trust us, you just need to drop,” he said. “And so then he dropped, and we caught him.”

WATCH: Teens called heroes after Grouse Mountain rescue

The eight-year-old boy was uninjured but was sent to Lions Gate Hospital as a precaution.

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A Grouse Mountain spokesperson said the company’s president will meet privately with the rescuers to express his gratitude and that the boys will receive season passes to the mountain.

The spokesperson said an investigation is underway in accordance with industry protocol.

—With files from the Canadian Press

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