Aussie tourist’s bungee cord snaps
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An Australian women has survived a dramatic bungee jump near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, which went wrong after the cord snapped.
The 22-year-old suffered a fractured collar bone and massive bruising after plunging into a crocodile-infested river more than 100m below.
Dozens of tourists will spend the night trapped in cable cars suspended in the French Alps after high winds caused a mechanical failure.
A huge rescue operation was launched after more than 100 people were left trapped in panoramic cable cars suspended 50 metres in the air close to Mont Blanc in the Alps this afternoon.
French, Italian and Swiss rescue services used helicopters to evacuate 50 of the 110 sightseers stranded in Chamonix.
But with darkness falling, rescue services have been unable to bring the other 60 to safety, meaning they will have to spend the night in the cabins.
The tourists rescued so far are believed to be French, Italian and American.
Le Dauphine reports that the rescue operation has been suspended for the night, but said water, food and survival blankets have been distributed.
Initial reports from the French-Italian border suggest strong winds made wires cross over, but this has yet to be confirmed.
It happened on a cable connecting the Aiguille du Midi station in France to the Italian Punta Helbronner at around 5.25pm.
Roberto Francesconi , chief executive of the Italian Skyway cable car of Mont Blanc, said: ‘Given the conditions it was a great performance by the rescuers.’
The cable cars were at ‘an altitude of 12,468 ft (3,800 metres)’, the prefect of the Haute-Savoie region, Georges-Francois Leclerc said.
The route attracts around half a million tourists each year.
Italian news service R.it reports that strong winds may have caused the cable cars to stop.
The winds may have made the wires which support the cabin cars cross over.
Eric Fornier, the Mayor of Chamonix, told BFMTV that rescuers, supported by their Italian counterparts, had launched an operation to bring the trapped people to safety.
And Frédéric Maurer, 49, one of the first passengers to be rescued along with his daughter and son after the intervention of the Mountain Rescue Service, said: ‘We were in the cab for two-and-a-half hours locked under the sun.
‘We had just started from flagship station Helbronner on the Italian side, when everything froze.’
A local police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak the media, said that the 110 people got trapped ‘late afternoon’ in the panoramic Vallee Blanche Cable Car that rises to an altitude of 3,778 meters (12,395 feet).
It connects the famed Aiguille du Midi peak to the Pointe Helbronner and takes 30-35 minutes.
The cable cars on the Mont Blanc range offer spectacular up-close views of Western Europe’s tallest mountains, glaciers and steep valleys deep below.
The Vallee Blanche Cable Car is operated in the summer season, when large numbers of climbers and tourists converge on the area.
Mathieu Dechavanne, chief executive of the company which manages the cable cars, said the operation to get people down is likely to take a while.
He told La Vanguardia earlier this evening: ‘This will take some time but the weather is good.
‘We are in contact with customers. They have water and means to communicate.’