Skiing can provide a great adrenaline rush, but one boy in Ontario definitely got more than he signed up for.
Seven-year-old Kostaki Papakonstantinou was riding a chairlift with a classmate at Lakeridge Ski Resort in Uxbridge when something unusual happened. At some point in the ride, Papakonstantinou’s friend lost a ski and slipped out of the chair, leaving him dangling 40-feet above the ground.
While many children would simply panic in this kind of scenario, Papakonstantinou immediately took action, grabbing his friend and clinging onto him until rescue crews arrived.
“I was worried that he would fall on the snow and they wouldn’t be there in time,” he said.
Papakonstantinou held on for two long minutes, giving rescue crews below enough time to setup a safety net that likely saved his friend’s life. The boy fell into the net, and was later taken to hospital, where he’s expected to make a full recovery.
When Papakonstantinou returned to school, the entire building greeted him with a standing ovation.
“Words can’t express my pride–our pride–in this young boy for his quick reaction,” his principal, Deborah Renwick, said.
The seven-year-old boy, along with staff at the ski resort, have since been recommended for a citizen recognition award.