Skiers thrown to ground as lift malfunctions at Georgian ski resort

Marsha Scott
March 18, 2018

Eight people have been injured in total with two of those injuries thought to be serious.

Authorities said that at least 10 people were injured when the ski-lift failed at Gudauri resort overseas in the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range, according to CNN.

The ski lift suddenly started moving in reverse at high speed.

Skiers were sent flying by the fast-moving lift as it made the sharp turn at the loading station.

"The speed increased, it was out of control", Iryna Iadak of the Ukraine told CNN.

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Throughout the video, screaming onlookers frantically try to stop the lift, with no success. The video shows skiers jumping out of the ski lifts even before reaching the exiting area to save themselves from ending up in a huge tangled pile-up of lifts.

Despite yesterday's ski-lift accident, Gudauri continues to offer visitors various attractions, including a youth skiing tournament for the national cup of Georgia organised by the Georgian Ski Federation. "We jumped, moved to a safe area, and made a short video", he added. "Many did not manage to jump off and were thrown out from the impact".

Ski patrols were promptly dispatched to the scene, and a helicopter helped transport the injured to a clinic.

Georgian health minister David Sergeenko confirmed there were a number of different nationalities involved in the accident, including a pregnant Swedish citizen. They say they immediately contacted the rope manufacturer in order to quickly discover the specific cause of the incident.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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