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Snowboarder safe after chairlift incident

A man who hung upside-down from a chairlift by his snowboard is unharmed after he was quickly rescued, according to Mt. Ashland.

At about noon Saturday, the snowboarder hung from the lift chair for several minutes after forgetting to remove a safety leash from the lift prior to jumping off, according to Mt. Ashland general manager Hiram Towle. Within five minutes the man was rescued.

To rescue the man, the operator stopped the lift near a tower while a ski patroller guided the victim to a ladder. Other patrollers and personnel placed a protective cushion below him as a precautionary measure during the rescue. 

Towle said the entire incident was cleared within five minutes.

"The team did a phenomenal job and are to be commended," Towle said in an email.

After his rescue, the snowboarder said he forgot he had tried to reduce weight on his snowboard by clipping the leash to the chair while riding with two others. The leashes are meant to protect skiers and snowboarders below from runaway boards, and snowboarders are required to use them by Oregon law. 

The snowboarder asked Mt. Ashland staff to withhold his name, but Towle described him as an adult.