Ever since I cried on the bunny hill at age 10, I've avoided all things related to skiing. And after watching this harrowing video of a skier dangling off a ski lift by his neck, I think I might avoid going outside at all.
Mickey Wilson was riding a chair lift at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado on Wednesday morning when a friend in the lift in front of him tried to get off the lift but ended up getting caught in his backpack straps, the Denver Post reported.
“He was not only caught, he was literally being hung by his neck by his backpack,” said Wilson, who immediately sprung into action. He said that the first plan, forming a human pyramid to get the man down, didn't work. “That’s when I realized—it all kind of snapped together—that ‘I can climb this tower and get to him,'” he said.
So Wilson climbed up the tower, “slid approximately 30 feet across the lift’s cable" to where the man was dangling and was able to cut him free, the Denver Post reports, ultimately saving his life.
You can watch the whole terrifying rescue here:
“The only way I was able to get to him so fast was to climb the tower and shimmy down the line to him so fast,” Wilson said. The Denver Post reported that he
Wilson has detailed his account of the rescue in an Instagram post:
“Today I saved someone’s life,” he wrote in the caption. “I think some strange forces were at work.”
Is Wilson milking his hero moment? Absolutely. But hey, he saved a man's life. What did you do today?