Tightrope Walker Scales Ski Wire to Rescue Man Hanging By The Neck On Chair Lift

When an unidentified skier became trapped on a chair lift at a ski resort in Colorado, US, the outcome could’ve been horrific. Luckily, a brave man came to the rescue in the most extraordinary way.

Mickey Wilson, a professional slackliner and part-time ski instructor, was on the chair lift when a man in front tried to disembark but got his backpack caught in the lift’s rigging.

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When the lift operator saw the trapped man, he stopped the machine but, rather than helping, this caused the man’s backpack to slip up to the man’s neck and suffocate him.

Seeing the man dangling by his neck from the chair lift, 28-year-old Mickey didn’t stop to think. While people on the ground attempted to reach the man, Mickey walked along the wire to reach the now-unconscious man.


“I realized I could climb the lift tower above the chair and climb onto the cable and shimmy down to him,” remembers Mickey, “I knew my slackline experience prepared me perfectly, so I climbed the tower and slid down to the chair.”

“It was second nature, just like being on a slackline only way colder and made of steel.”

The rescuers on the round threw Mickey a knife and he was able to free the trapped man, who was then rushed to hospital after being dropped as gently as possible to the mountainside.

You can watch the unbelievable footage below.

“I’d like to take this moment now to thank the slack life for the skills it has give me,” said Mickey on Instagram, “It was incredibly fortunate I was there and able to act so quickly. I’d also like to thank ski patrol for their strong work reviving our friend.”

We hate to think what could’ve happened had Mickey not been there. What a hero!