110 people stuck in cable cars at Mont Blanc in Alps
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Sep 09, 2016,
Sep 09, 2016, 4:28
The cable cars were meandering peacefully up the mountain according to ABC News, ferrying tourists when the cables that connect them got tangled, causing the cars to stop at an elevation of 3,000 meters or close to 1.6 miles.
As many as 45 people were trapped overnight Thursday in cable cars suspended over the French Alps as rescue operations halted for the night.
The cable auto was suspended over the gondola of the Panoramic Mont Blanc - connecting the Aiguille du Midi to Helbronner peak - which is approximately 11,358 feet above sea level.
Rescuers only managed to evacuate 65 of them by helicopter before rough flight conditions began to hinder their efforts.
Chamonix mayor, Eric Fournier, said "there's nothing fundamentally to fear".
The rescue operation involved three helicopters from Switzerland, France and Italy, Dechavanne said earlier. They then delivered blankets and food to those still stuck inside.
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First aid workers were transported to the site and are spending the night in the cable cars with those who are trapped, Mr Cazeneuve said.
The incident happened about 4:30 p.m. local time, after two cables crossed over each other, the official said.
Rescuers were reported to have said they hoped to have everyone safely off the cable auto before nightfall.
The cable cars on the Mont Blanc range offer spectacular close-up views of Western Europe's tallest mountains, glaciers and steep valleys deep below.
Helicopters have been sent to rescue the passengers now stranded near Europe's highest mountain, the Mont Blanc.
French officials say that 110 people are stuck on a series of cable cars over the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps.