Colorado man hanging unconscious from chairlift after backpack got tangled is rescued

Colorado man hanging unconscious from chairlift after backpack got tangled is rescued

Professional slackliner Mickey Wilson saves a man's life when he scales a ski cable to rescue him in Colorado, USA on Wednesday.

Thousands of Facebook video views, amplified by national television news, metro and local dailies' coverages, tell of Mickey's lifesaving efforts on the Lenawee Lift in which his friend had become entangled, being literally strangled unconscious by his own backpack strap. We were on the chair lift behind so we unloaded and ran down the hill to help him when we realized the worst possible thing had happened.

After catching a knife from a ski patroller below, Wilson was able to cut the man free from the straps. "At first we didn't know what to think of that and then we started to hear screams and yells".

"I think some unusual forces were at work", Mickey Wilson, who graduated DHS in 2007, wrote on his Facebook page after the incident.

"It was one of the most scary things I've ever seen, honestly". Workers stopped the lift and dispatched ski patrol to the scene. His feet dangled about 10 feet off the Colorado snow.

CPR was performed on the man after he fell to the ground before being rushed to hospital. On Thursday morning, December 29, a Texas woman and her two daughters fell about 25 feet from a chair at Granby Ranch ski area in neighboring Grand County.

"He said, "Thank you for saving my life", Wilson said. The man survived and Wilson says he was released from the hospital.

"That's when I realized - it all kind of snapped together - that 'I can climb this tower and get to him, '" the pro slackliner told the Post.

Wilson's friend was wearing a backpack.

He climbed the lift tower above the chair and onto the cable, then slid down to his friend.

According to The Denver Post, on Wednesday, a man on the ski lift was attempting to exit the lift when his backpack got stuck in the chair.

He also mentioned his slacklining background in his Instagram caption, writing: "I knew my slackline experience prepared me perfectly for this so I burst into action". "Arapahoe Basin did an wonderful job of responding to this incident".

"Then it was all a blur", he told the Post on Thursday.

"The lift did not malfunction and is now running and open to the public", the statement read. The organization is made up of eight inspectors - all professional engineers - who conduct at least two reviews of every lift throughout the state each year.