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Boy, 4, unhurt after 8-foot fall from Diamond Peak chairlift

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A 4-year-old boy who fell about eight feet off a chairlift Tuesday morning at Diamond Peak Ski Resort was unhurt, an official has confirmed.

The boy fell off a chair from the Schoolhouse lift — a beginner lift at the Lake Tahoe ski resort — said resort general manager Brad Wilson, and landed on his feet. He underwent precautionary X-rays at Incline Village Community Hospital early Tuesday afternoon, Wilson said, before being deemed OK.

“As far as we know, he is fine,” Wilson said. “He'll probably be skiing here tomorrow.”

Wilson said the child and his family are likely visitors to the region, and not local.

The initial call came through at about 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, according to police scanner traffic, and an ambulance and fire truck from the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District responded.

A CareFlight helicopter was initially alerted to respond, but was quickly called off, said Chief Mike Brown, as was the fire truck, once officials realized the incident was not serious. The boy was transported by a single ground ambulance to the Incline Village hospital, Brown said.

This is the second incident in less than 10 days of a young child falling off a chairlift at a Lake Tahoe-area ski resort.

On Sunday, Dec. 18, John Henderson, 7, of Davis, Calif., fell 60 feet from a chairlift at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. He died two days later.

According to the resort, Henderson, a member of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team, was wearing a helmet and riding the lift with two other ski team members of about the same age.

An investigation into that incident, headed by California officials and Sugar Bowl staff, is under way. In a Tuesday afternoon interview, John Monson, marketing director at the Donner Summit ski resort, said the investigation is “going well,” although a timetable for its completion is unknown.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 27, 2011 04:46PM Published Dec 27, 2011 02:38PM Copyright 2011 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.