French Alps cable cars fail in high winds trapping SIXTY tourists overnight
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French Alps cable cars fail in high winds trapping SIXTY tourists overnight, Dozens of tourists will spend the night trapped in cable cars suspended in the French Alps after high winds caused a mechanical failure.
About 60 people remain stuck on cable cars high above the glaciers of Mont Blanc in the French Alps, as rescue efforts are suspended with the nightfall.
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 four helicopters to evacuate 65 of the 110 sightseers stranded in Chamonix, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement.
About 50 people, including at least one child, remain trapped overnight in cable cars at altitudes of more than 3,000 metres on Mont Blanc, after the cars got stuck on Thursday afternoon.
Helicopters were used to rescue 60 people earlier, but the aerial bid to help the remaining passengers had to be suspended as night fell in the French Alps.
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 (Sept 8), the French authorities said.