Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Skiers throw themselves from lift as it malfunctions at Georgia resort

It is thought that the accident may have been caused by the lift's breaks not working properly or by a voltage fluctuation It is thought that the accident may have been caused by the lift's breaks not working properly or by a voltage fluctuation
Andrew Cummings | 19 March, 2018, 12:47

A horrifying incident was uploaded to Instagram today showing the terrifying moments in which a ski lift malfunctioned in the popular #Gudauri Ski Resort in #Georgia.

Cellphone video shows people jumping or being thrown to the ground as lifts went in reverse down the mountain.

Some skiers, including Yuri Leontyev, who is from Belarus, jumped from their seats as the lift came to the bottom to avoid being hurled, reports The New York Post. The lift could not be stopped.

The stricken lift, known as Sadzele, is the highest in the network of ski lifts in Gudauri, with its top station at an altitude of 3,279 meters. A second person, a woman from Sweden, is pregnant "and feels pain in her waist".

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Panicked guests started to jump from the carriage as it began picking up speed, while others were flung into the air.

The Gudauri ski resort is 7,200 feet above sea level on the southern faces of the Greater Caucus Mountain Range in Georgia. Many did not manage to jump off and were thrown out from the impact'.

Between eight and twelve people are said to have been hurt by the chairlift that sped up to twice its normal speed.

The lift appeared to be moving backwards and dangerously fast, leading to a pile-up of broken and twisted chairs at the lift's lowest point. Those queuing for the ski lift rushed to offer the victims first aid. "The interior ministry has launched a criminal probe into alleged violation of safety norms", he added.

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