Georgia ski lift malfunction


Terrified skiers flung through the air as ski lift malfunctions

Several people were injured.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 16, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 9:34 pm CDT

A malfunctioning ski lift in the nation of Georgia has left 10 people injured, including a pregnant woman from Sweden and a Ukrainian man who broke his hand.

The video of the incident, posted to Instagram by snowboarder Alena Pakhomova, shows the lift running backwards at high speed. One skier can be seen trapped under the lift seats as they crash into each other, and multiple people are shown being flung through the air.

A video shot from another angle shows panicked skiers dropping equipment and jumping off the lift before it reaches the bottom.

The incident occurred early today at the Gudauri resort, located in the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range.

Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs says that rescue workers arrived quickly and some victims were removed by helicopter.

Although multiple people were injured, Georgian health minister David Sergeenko said only two cases seemed serious. “Only two cases need to be monitored.” he said in a statement, “One of the injured, a Ukrainian citizen, broke his hand during the incident, and has a small head injury, while a Swedish citizen is pregnant and feels pain in her waist.”

A spokesperson for the Doppelmayr Garaventa group, the Austrian-based company that manufactured the ski lift, told the Telegraph that it is investigating the malfunction.

“Our employees are already on their way to Gudauri,” said the spokesperson. “At the moment we have no detailed information.”

H/T The Telegraph

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*First Published: Mar 16, 2018, 6:25 pm CDT