Friday 30 September 2016

45 people stuck in cable car 3,000 metres up in the French Alps for the night

Published 08/09/2016 | 19:04

This file photo taken on August 5, 2015 shows the Panoramic Mont-Blanc cable car linking the Aiguille du Midi peak to the Helbronner peak in Italy, above the seracs and crevasses of the Glacier des Géants (Glacier of the Giants)
This file photo taken on August 5, 2015 shows the Panoramic Mont-Blanc cable car linking the Aiguille du Midi peak to the Helbronner peak in Italy, above the seracs and crevasses of the Glacier des Géants (Glacier of the Giants)
This file photo taken on August 5, 2015 shows the Panoramic Mont-Blanc cable car linking the Aiguille du Midi peak to the Helbronner peak in Italy, above the seracs and crevasses of the Glacier des Géants (Glacier of the Giants)
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Forty-five people were stranded overnight in cable cars near Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc, when a ride between two mountain peaks came to a halt on Thursday, French authorities said.

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Four helicopters had managed to rescue 65 people from the cable cars before night fell over the Alps, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement.

The 5-km (3-mile) ride between the Aiguille du Midi peak and the Helbronner summit, at the border between France and Italy, is at an altitude of over 3,000 metres (9,840 feet). It usually takes 35 minutes but has been stuck since 5:30pm (1530 GMT).

France 3 TV said the cable cars stopped when cables became tangled in high winds. Cazeneuve mentioned a technical incident but gave no details.

Blankets and food were delivered by helicopters to those still stuck inside. Rescue workers would stay with them overnight.

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