UPDATED: Ski-lift accident in Gudauri leaves 11 with minor injuries

Agenda.ge, 16 Mar 2018 - 21:01, Tbilisi,Georgia

Updated: 21:01

A ski-lift accident in Georgia’s winter resort of Gudauri has left 11 with minor and moderate injuries, the Mountain Resorts Development Company of the Ministry of Economy of Georgia has reported.

No fatalities have been recorded. Four of the 11 have already been discharged from hospital.

Those injured were immediately transported to a local hospital by three emergency brigades. The other seven will receive treatment in Tbilisi.

Officials said none of the individuals have life-threatening injuries.

All the treatment and transportation expenses will be covered by the Ministry of Economy.

Earlier: 14:26

A ski-lift accident in Georgia’s eastern Gudauri resort has left 8 people with minor injuries, the Mountain Resorts Development Company of the Ministry of Economy of Georgia has reported. 

No fatalities have been recorded. One of the eight injured has already been discharged from hospital, the Georgian Health Minister David Sergeenko told the media.

Those injured were immediately transported to the local hospital by three emergency brigades. If necessary, the individuals will transported to Tbilisi by special emergency vehicles. 

However, as Sergeenko stated most of the affected individuals have received light injuries. 

Among the injured are the citizens of Sweden and Ukraine. 
Only two cases need to be observed. One of the injured, a citizen of Ukraine,  has broken a hand during the incident, and has a light injury on the head, while another, a citizen of Sweden, is pregnant and feels pain in the waist,” Sergeenko stated. 

All the treatment and transportation expenses will be covered by the Ministry of Economy.

The exact reason for the ski-lift incident has yet to be found. 

The Ministry of Economy stated that they have already contacted the ski-lift producer, Austrian Doppelmayr Garaventa group for them to react to the incident immediately and send experts to clarify the reasons for the malfunction.

It is speculated that the culprit may have been a voltage fluctuation or brake issues. 

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