A man who was unconscious and hanging by his neck from a chairlift was rescued by a professional slackliner who climbed a lift tower and shimmied across a cable before cutting free the backpack ensnared by the lift, the Denver Post reported.
Parts of the wild Wednesday rescue at the Arapahoe Basin ski area were caught on video and in photographs published by the Post.
Mickey Wilson, a 28-year-old competitive slackliner who was on a nearby chair, was credited with the rescue.
“He was not only caught, he was literally being hung by his neck by his backpack. He was hanging 3-feet, 4-feet below the chair. His feet were maybe only about 10 feet off the snow,” Wilson told the Post.
Today I saved someone’s life. I think some strange forces were at work. I planned to ski by myself today. As fate had it though, some good friends ended up recognizing me despite my ski gear, …