Friday 20 July 2018

150 stranded skiers rescued from broken chairlift in Austria

Helicopters and mountain rescue teams took part in the operation.

A helicopter rescues people from a broken chairlift at the Kreischberg mountain (Bundesheer/AP)
A helicopter rescues people from a broken chairlift at the Kreischberg mountain (Bundesheer/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Around 150 skiers who were stuck on a broken chairlift in central Austria for several hours have been brought to safety by helicopters and mountain rescue teams.

Styria provincial police said on Twitter that all the skiers taken off the Rosenkranz chairlift at Kreischberg mountain, north of Klagenfurt, were uninjured.

The lift stopped working early in the afternoon due to technical problems. Three helicopters and several mountain aid groups were involved in the operation, the Austrian news agency APA reported.

Local media said it would have taken too long to repair the broken chairlift, so authorities decided to start evacuating the skiers.

Authorities informed the stuck riders with loudspeakers in several languages that they would be rescued. Members of rescue team then climbed up to the chairs from below and brought some of the people down with ropes. Others were lifted up onto helicopters.

The stopped chairs were 23ft-33ft above the ground. The weather was comparatively mild, so no-one suffered any ill-effects from cold.

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