A young boy who slipped out of a ski lift and fell nearly three stories is now recovering at home.
The 5-year-old boy's uncle told NBC10 he was released from the hospital Sunday. The boy fractured his right leg and suffered several bumps and bruises but is otherwise doing okay, according to his uncle.
The boy dropped 30 feet to the snow below from the beginner's ski lift at the Spring Mountain Adventures ski area in Schwenksville Saturday night.
Witness Noah Phifer said he was snowboarding down the mountain when he saw the boy fall. At first, he didn't know what had fallen, so he went over to check.
"He said that his right leg hurt pretty bad," said Phifer, who is a volunteer firefighter at the Limerick and Linfield Fire Companies. "He also said his neck hurt and he also had a small laceration on his chin."
Spring Mountain Ski Area owner Rick Buckman tells NBC10 ski patrol medics immediately attended to the boy before taking him down the mountain to an awaiting medical helicopter.
"Lucky, he was wearing a helmet," Buckman said. "Ski patrol said that he was conscious the whole time."
The boy was flown to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he received treatment before his release.
Buckman said the boy was on the ski lift alone and that a family member was waiting in the ski lodge.
“He must’ve slipped under the restraint bar. We’re investigating it right now, but the child said that the restraint bar was down," he said. "We are concerned about the child’s condition."
There is no age or height limit to ride the lift and there are no plans to institute one, Buckman said.
“It’s very hard for a lift attendant to monitor [the age of someone] with all of that gear on," he said adding that there have only been two or three incidents like this in the 15 years his family has owned the ski area.
"Parents know the ability of their children and they’re responsible for monitoring that," he said.