Hero teens honoured for Grouse Mountain chairlift rescue

The North Shore teens who used a fence to catch an eight-year-old boy dangling from a Grouse Mountain chairlift were honoured by District of North Vancouver council Monday.

A commendation for exemplary service was bestowed on Joshua Ravensbergen, Gabriel Neilson, Ethan Harvey, James MacDonald, Sam North, Danielle McKinney and Peter Pian.

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Mayor Mike Little presented Civic Recognition Awards to the teens and Pian.

The teens were skiing down the Cut when they spied a boy hanging from the Screaming Eagle chairlift and heard his father yelling for help.

The teens grabbed an orange safety fence they used as a makeshift life net. With help from other skiers who pulled the fence tight, the boy landed in the net with no injuries.

Neilson, 13, said he was a little wary about the word “hero.”

“I guess we did save him but I think heroes is maybe a bit much. I think we did our part.”

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