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Man praised as hero after A-Basin chairlift rescue weds girlfriend in slackline ceremony in Utah

Posted August 30

— The last time we saw professional slack-liner Mickey Wilson, he was on the Ellen DeGeneres show recounting his harrowing rescue of a man caught hanging by his neck from his backpack on an Arapahoe Basin lift chair.

He was in good spirits as he and Richard-the man he saved-learned they would both be headed to week-long vacations in Hawaii.

But last Saturday brought perhaps better spirits, as well as a chance to make use of that Hawaii trip DeGeneres awarded Wilson for saving a life, as Wilson married his girlfriend in a ceremony in Utah in what could only be described as a slack-liner's dream wedding.

Wilson married his girlfriend, Purple McMullen-Laird, while suspended over the Fruit Bowl outside of Canyonlands, Utah. Hundreds lined the sides of the canyon as Wilson and McMullen-Laird walked on slack lines out to a net suspended 300 feet above the canyon's floor.

After they read their vows, the two dropped 200 feet through a hole in the net's center to swing on a rope.

The two are now using that Hawaii trip Wilson was awarded by DeGeneres for a seven-day, all-expenses-paid honeymoon.


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