A 17-year-old boy who was skiing in Sante Fe, N.M. found himself dangling from his ski lift when he fell off it, sending him 45 feet onto snow covered, rough terrain. The accident occurred sometime earlier this month.
The teen was reportedly trying to throw a snowball at this friends lift when he slipped and grabbed hold of the bottom of the lift. The teen apparently tried to hold on for some time, but wound up losing his grip and falling.
Although the teen is expected to survive, he reportedly suffered a concussion, fractured skull, liver laceration and collapsed lung.
He was airlifted out of the ski area after his friends called to report the accident.
Cody Sheppard, the ski patrol director said the following about his condition:
“Basically, the kid is home and he is fine. It was kind of a dramatic deal. I guess he was attempting to throw a snowball to the chair in front of him, where some friends were, and when he threw the snowball, the momentum just carried him out of the chair. He did hang on for awhile, but then he had to drop.”
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