LYON, France, Sept 9 Emergency workers scrambled
at first light on Friday to rescue 33 people, including one
child, trapped in cable cars high over the slopes of Mont Blanc,
the cable car operator said.
BFM TV reported that repairs to tangled cables had been
successful and that those stranded were being brought back to
the base of the ride.
More than 110 people were initially trapped on the 5 km (3
mile) ride between two mountain peaks at an altitude of over
3,000 metres (9,840 feet) when three cables became tangled at
5.30 p.m. (1530 GMT) on Thursday.
In a statement, La Compagnie du Mont Blanc, which runs the
cable car, gave no reason for the accident but said the cables
could become tangled after an abrupt halt to the system or in
Four helicopters rescued 65 people from the four-person
cable cars before night fell over Mont Blanc, the highest
mountain in the Alps. Another dozen people were evacuated during
the night by rescuers using ropes.
The cable car connects Aiguille du Midi peak on the French
side of the mountain and the Helbronner summit on the Italian
border. The panoramic ride over glaciers usually takes 30
minutes to complete.
(Reporting by Catherine Lagrange; Writing by Richard Lough;
Editing by Catherine Evans)