Their injuries do not appear to be severe based on preliminary information, according to authorities.
Ambulance crews transported those injured to the resort’s ambulatory, Sanikidze told BuzzFeed News. Some of those injured were brought to Tbilisi by helicopter, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia said in a statement.
Yuri Leontyev, 32, who was on the ski lift with two of his friends, told CNN that they jumped off when the ski lift stopped and began going in reverse.
“We had to jump from it, because at the bottom (of the hill) it was total trash and no chance to stay safe,” he said.
The government has also called in experts from the rope manufacturing company, Doppelmyer, to determine the cause of the malfunction.
The government “will fully compensate health and treatment service costs,” for the injured, Sanikidze said.