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9-year-old boy falls from ski resort chair lift after slipping from father’s hand

By Mason White 5:49 PM March 27, 2016
Chair lift (illustration) 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A ski resort was slapped with a lawsuit after workers watched a 9-year-old boy falling from a chair lift and did nothing to help, according to court documents.

Brian Bates of Virginia, said that workers of Ski Liberty, watched as his 9-year-old boy was dangling from the chair lift, struggling to hold onto his hand.

After a few minutes, the boy slipped from his father’s hand, and plunged thirty feet to the ground. Luckily, the boy survived the fall.

Bates is seeking more than $75,000 in damages. Bates told the court that the accident could have been avoided if the staff members Ski Liberty did something to help his son.

According to Bates, he and his son were about to climb onto the chair lift when the boy was hit by a ski pole. The chair lift continued to move and the child had difficulties getting into it.

As the chair moved higher, the child struggled to hang onto the father’s hand. The father and another man yelled for help, but nobody did anything.

The lift kept going for seven minutes before it stopped.

After two minutes, the frightened and exhausted child fell to the ground. Bates claims that only one employee was on duty at the platform.

The members of the ski resort were in the area, but nobody took action such as creating a cushion to soften the child’s fall.