THIS is the wild moment of skiers soaking in a giant pile of frozen water while dangling from a chairlift at Beech Mountain.
The horrifying incident took place at Beech Mountain Ski Resort in North Carolina on January 7, 2022, when a waterline burst.
At around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, a pipe exploded under an operating forklift – causing chaos as climbers were soaked with an endless amount of water.
Beech Mountain Resort management publicly stated that the incident occurred when a guest, who was not injured, slipped into the water and air hose while snowmaking was underway..
Due to the location of the faucet, a small number of people on the booster seat got soaked with the water.
Two Beech Mountain tourists were later hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Beech Mountain Resort management released a statement following the incident: “Our safety and operations team worked diligently to safely unload the lift and drain the system.
“Avery EMS transported two patrons to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”
“We believe everyone is fine outside of the unfortunate situation and activities take place on a regular schedule,” the statement concluded.
One recordings, which was shared on Twitter and has garnered more than 266,000 views, shows skiers and snowboarders standing at the terrifying scene.
When people watched, a skier was seen covered in water that appeared to be ice from the nozzle for at least 20 seconds.
One person is heard in the background saying, “I’m trying to call 911,” but the skier continues to dangle atop what looks like an eruption of geysers.
“Tough times for those at Beech Mountain today,” the Twitter user wrote alongside the footage.
Meanwhile, a 13-minute 46-second video has been shared on YouTube and shows scenes of chaos surrounding the burst pipe.
Snowboards and snowboards are scattered across the ski slope, people are standing in groups, ski patrols are at the scene in the distance, and forklifts keep going despite the frenzy below.
In response to the footage, a YouTuber commented: “Poor!
“It would be helpful if the elevator operator didn’t block them directly across the waterline.”
Another said: “Oops… That guy was stuck in the fountain for a few minutes probably dead from turbo.
“You can see his clothes and the chair start to turn white as all the water on him starts to freeze (especially at 7:28).
“It is reported that he was dangling about 15 minutes after coming out of the water, and his clothes were frozen on the chair.”
One witness told HC Press said it “got really fast.”
The source, who claimed to be about 100 feet from the water, said: “We were actually going down from the top of the mountain towards this lift when I heard a loud noise, and then right in front of me, I see high pressure, water spewing up into the air.
“Some people have gone over the water. You can see parts of the elevator. It’s blowing the seats away; the wooden seats are actually coming apart. It’s terrible.”
Despite the comments on social media and widespread concern among viewers about the person being splashed in the booster seat, resort management said the guest was not injured.
In response to comments made on the resort’s Facebook page, Beech Mountain resort said: “We are dealing directly with all stakeholders.
“This is an extremely unfortunate situation and we have and will continue to address it.”
Resort wrote in Comment on Facebook on Saturday: “No one was given instructions on how to jump from the booster seat. As soon as we became aware of the problem, we acted as quickly as possible to shut off the water and assist the remaining skiers to the top of the lift.
“This is a very difficult situation for both our guests and our staff. We are very sorry that the incident has occurred and we once again apologize to the guests who have been adversely affected. .
“We take the safety of our patrons very seriously and will continue to communicate with all stakeholders. We have been honest and open in all our public statements. Thank you. Thank you for showing interest.”
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