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Skier hangs to death on chairlift at Vail

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Awful way to die. ☹️


"Bettis, in a text, wrote: “We are still investigating how this whole situation happened. According to our initial investigation, the deceased slipped through the seat of the chair lift and his ski coat got caught up in the chair. The coat ended up going up around his head and neck area putting his neck in a position that compromised his airway.”"




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That’s insane. How does this even happen. And this happened 2x on the same chairlift. In 2009 a guy fell through the seat and ended up upside down with no pants on but was otherwise okay

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Sounds like he may not have fallen through the seat. 



At least one witness told authorities that the chairlift’s folding seat was raised when Jason Varnish, 46, and another man loaded the lift in the resort’s Blue Sky Basin area on Feb. 13 — creating a gap where the seat should have been — but investigators aren’t sure whether Varnish fell, jumped or was pushed off the chairlift, Eagle County communications manager Justin Patrick said Tuesday.

“He was either propelled off the lift, or self-ejected, or in some way was removed from the chairlift,” he said. As Varnish left the lift, his coat caught on the chair, and then pulled tight around his chest and abdomen, and suffocated him, according to Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis.




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