Official: Boy, 4, in stable condition after fall from Diamond Peak chairlift |

Official: Boy, 4, in stable condition after fall from Diamond Peak chairlift

Kevin MacMillan

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – A 4-year-old boy is in stable condition after falling off a chairlift Tuesday morning at Diamond Peak Ski Resort, an official said.

While a CareFlight helicopter was initially alerted to respond, it was called off, said North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, as was a responding fire truck.

“It’s protocol for us to put a helicopter in the air when (it’s) a long fall,” Brown said.

The boy was transported by a single ground ambulance to Incline Village Community Hospital, Brown said, and is in stable condition.

The initial call came through at about 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, according to police scanner traffic.

Other details, including how far the boy fell, if he was wearing a helmet and which chairlift he was riding, are unknown as of this writing.

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.

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