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Downhill disaster: Skiers knocked off chairlift by ruptured hydrant geyser

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In North Carolina, several skiers were injured when they fell from a fallen chair due to water splashing from a damaged hydrant as others jumped to avoid a similar fate.

According to the WSOC, the dramatic scene occurred on Friday night when a skier ran into a water and air hydrant during a snow removal operation at the Bik Mountain resort.

As shown in the video, the high-pressure water carried the skiers directly into the path of the chairs into the air at a height of tens of feet.

The article said a college student celebrating his birthday with his best friend was violently thrown as he walked over a chair geyser.

“I am in a lot of pain, mostly on the left side of my body. I have bruises from head to toe, some big, some small, just like my whole body, ”19-year-old Emma Lopinto and her friend told the station that they could have a spinal cord injury.

In North Carolina, several skiers were injured when they fell from a fallen chair due to water splashing from a damaged hydrant as others jumped to avoid a similar fate.

“We just held each other and bowed our heads and I remember the iron bar went up and then I flew up. I can’t remember anything and I remember the first time I opened my eyes on the ground, ”Lopinto said.

The two women reportedly decided to jump down to avoid shaking and drowning in the cold water that erupted from the pipe.

“Everyone was shocked,” he said. If you can’t jump from 25 feet, if you don’t think you need to, one of the few people who jumped told Ivi-Elise Ivey station.

The two women decided to jump down to avoid falling into the cold water that erupted from the damaged pipe.
The two women decided to jump down to avoid falling into the cold water that erupted from the damaged pipe.

“I’m in a lot of pain, even with medication,” he said. I can’t dress myself. I can’t take a shower. I can’t drive. I can’t lift anything, and my hand and my fingers are not working properly, ”Ivey said of the broken arm.

Resort workers said they did not tell the skiers to jump, but the injured woman said they could not turn off the water immediately, according to the outlet.

“As soon as we became aware of the problem, we tried as quickly as possible to stop the water and help the rest of the skiers get off the top of the elevator,” Mount Bik said of his “difficult situation”.

The high-pressure cold water jumped dozens of feet into the air directly into the chairs and carried the skiers up the mountain.
The high-pressure cold water jumped dozens of feet into the air directly into the chairs and carried the skiers up the mountain.

Lopinto and another patient were taken to the hospital by medical staff; According to the article, Ivey was there in private transport.

“I don’t want to blame anyone. I want people to know that this incident is more serious than I say, ”Lopinto told the station.

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