WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. – A boy is recovering at home after falling about 18 feet from a ski lift on Tuesday.
The five-year-old boy, Wyatt Skiff, was released from Albany Medical Center on Wednesday after being treated for minor injuries he sustained from the fall. He was airlifted there on Tuesday.
The owner of Willard Mountain says he’s gone over exactly what happened with his staff and says all safety protocol was followed correctly.
According to Chic Wilson, owner of Willard Mountain, Skiff fell in an area between the lift entrance and the first tower at the ski center in Easton. A teenage skier tried to hold onto the boy as he slipped underneath the safety bar.
“It’s just one of those things that no matter how many precautions you take the safety bars were in place and everything and he just scooched underneath the bar and the bar was down,” says Wilson.
Skiff was participating in a ski class at the time.
Wilson says all proper safety precautions were taken and what happened was a rare accident.
“We’ve had the Department of Labor out and looked at the operation as they inspect us at the start of the season. We’re not aware of anything that we could have done to prevent this,” says Wilson.
The scary fall had parents at the ski resort reinforcing safety rules to their children on Wednesday.
“I just reminded him you know you are high up and you’re in a chair lift so you need to be safe. You need to hold on. You need to sit still and just be aware of you’re surroundings,” says Jaime Puccioni of Niskayuna.
Skiff’s father says Wyatt is very sore and has a lot of bruising but otherwise, he is doing very good at home.