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A 7-year-old boy was seriously injured after he fell approximately 35 feet from a ski lift in Massachusetts, authorities said.
The Canton Fire Department responded just before 4:30 p.m. on Monday to the Blue Hills Ski Area following a report that a child had fallen from the lift, Chief Charles Doody said in a press release.
"His injuries are serious, but are not believed to be life-threatening," the release said.
Blue Hills Ski Area ski patrol extricated the Rockland boy from where he fell and provided medical care at the scene before paramedics arrived to airlift him to Boston Children's Hospital.
Canton Fire paramedics treated a child who fell from the ski lift with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Thanks to Boston Medflight for a quick response and to our partners at Canton PD, MSP and Blue Hills Ski Patrol. @CantonMAPolice @MassStatePolice pic.twitter.com/W3XeEEDQ9i
— Canton Fire (@CantonFire1) January 25, 2021
Chief Doody told WBZ that he was "conscious and able to speak."
Dennis Lee was also on the lift when the boy fell, and told Fox affiliate WFXT that he was able to get up once after the fall, but went down again.
"The kid fell off and was laying there on the ground," Lee said. "He got up and started running frantically — it must have been some sort of shock or something — and then he fell back down."
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"The outcome is Sky is doing great and the bravest boy I've ever known," she says, recounting the scary situation
Fellow witness Libby Hunt told the outlet that the scene was difficult to watch.
"He was so small, and I just hope he's okay. It was really sad to watch," she said.
Skier Billy McCarthy, meanwhile, told WBZ that he had seen the boy and his brother earlier in the day skiing alongside him.
"They were pretty good skiers, honestly, and I was surprised that it was him," McCarthy said. "Ambulance got there within five minutes. It was quick, so I think they did a good job."
Chief Doody told WFXT that the child suffered head and upper body injuries.
He added that it remains unclear who was accompanying the child on the lift, and whether the lift bar was down when he fell.