As other skiers looked on in horror as a boy hung from a chairlift being held by his father, a group of quick-thinking youths sprung into action and became heroes when they saved the boy by catching him in a piece of out-of-bounds netting.
The incident Wednesday was caught on video at Grouse Mountain ski resort in Vancouver, Canada.
“People were there, but they were just standing looking at the kid, not knowing what to do,” Joshua Ravensbergen, 12, told The Providence.
Ravensbergen told The Providence that one of the boys in the group pointed to the out-of-bounds fencing and they went to get a piece to hold underneath the boy to cushion his fall. Another grabbed some padding that was around a nearby pole and that was put on the netting.
The youths, joined by an adult and another boy, convinced the boy to kick off his skis and let go.
“At one point, we were just like, ‘OK, you just need to trust us, you just need to drop,’” Gabriel Nielson told Global News. “And so then he dropped, and we caught him.”
The 8-year-old boy was uninjured but taken to a hospital as a precaution.
The youths were appropriately hailed as heroes.
“It was just instinct,” Samuel North, who was among the heroes, told The Province about their quick action.