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45 people stuck overnight in cable cars at Mont Blanc in French Alps
The cable car, which offers spectacular up close views of Western Europe's tallest mountains and deep valleys below, connects the Aiguille de Midi peak in France, at 3,842 metres (12,605 feet), to Pointe Helbronner in Italy, at 3,462 metres (11,358 feet). (1400 GMT). Workers from the operating company tried to untangle the lines but failed.
Four helicopters were deployed after 110 people became stuck when the cable cars stalled because of a "technical incident," Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. Men Canada Goose Langford Parka Grey Singapore Store Locator He said the helicopters rescued 65 people before the efforts were suspended for the night because of rough flight conditions.
Chamonix Mayor Eric Fournier said earlier on BFM television that "there's nothing fundamentally to fear."
The cable car journey normally takes 30 35 minutes. The Panoramic Cable Car is operated in the summer season, when large numbers of climbers and tourists converge on the area. Another series of cable cars takes skiers and visitors to the peak of the Aiguille de Midi year round.
Passengers were transferred to other cable cars that brought them down the mountain to Courmayeur in Italy. Descending from the cable cars, one passenger told reporters "it ended well" despite five or six hours suspended midair in cold mountain conditions.
First aid workers were transported to the site and will be spending the night in the cable cars with those who are trapped, Cazeneuve said. Rescuers provided blankets, food and water to help weather the chilly mountain conditions overnight.
PARIS A series of cable cars carrying tourists stopped working at high altitude over the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps on Thursday, prompting a major rescue operation and leaving 45 people trapped in midair overnight, France's interior minister said.