Rescue operation for people trapped on a cable car over the French Alps was stopped during night

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The cable-car journey, which is 5km long, usually takes 35 minutes but the passengers have been stuck there for around two hours. Crews launched a high-altitude rescue. Three helicopters rushed to the scene. Also private ones were called in by local authorities. Crews from France ,Italy and Swiss participated. Despite the special conditions, Chamonix Mayor Eric Fournier said that “there’s nothing fundamentally to fear.”

The helicopters evacuated 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. Water, food and survival blankets have been distributed. It is not yet clear what caused the cable cars to stop working. It could have been caused by a crossover of cables in the strong winds. The Aiguille du Midi cable car operates two cars and reaches heights of 12,604 ft. The route attracts around half a million tourists each year.

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