NEWRY — A gust of wind was blamed for a ski lift mishap that left a 17-year-old skier with minor injuries early Wednesday night at Sunday River ski resort.

The resort issued a news release Thursday describing the incident.

“At 5:37 p.m, a gondola cabin detached from the haul rope of the resort’s Chondola lift as a result of a high gust of wind causing the cabin to misfeed into the top terminal of the lift,” according to the release. “The cabin fell approximately 10 feet and was occupied by one guest who sustained minor injuries and was transported to the base of the mountain by ski patrol and released. The guest is a 17-year-old and was released to a parent.

“Due to increasing winds,” the release continues, “the lift was being unloaded and running at half speed under high wind protocol at the time of the incident. All guests remaining on the lift were safely unloaded and night skiing operations were suspended.”

The teen who was injured was not identified and no further information was available Thursday night.

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