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Emergency Workers Rescue Dozens Of Passengers Stranded In Cable Cars High Above The Alps

More than 110 people were initially trapped on the 3-mile ride between two mountain peaks at an altitude of over 9,840 feet when three cables snared.

09/09/2016 6:39 PM AEST | Updated September 9, 2016 18:39

LYON, France (Reuters) - Rescuers were bringing 33 people trapped overnight in cable cars high over the glaciers of Mont Blanc to an altitude station on Friday morning after the tangled cables were repaired, the cable car operator said.

Emergency workers had scrambled at first light on Friday to rescue the stranded, who included a child, after the ride jammed at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday.

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Three of the Panoramic Mont Blanc cable cars stalled around 4 p.m. on Thursday, when its cables reportedly tangled. Dozens of people were trapped in midair overnight, France's interior minister said.

More than 110 people were initially trapped on the 3 mile ride between two mountain peaks at an altitude of over 9,840 feet when three cables snared.

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 strong winds.

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A major rescue effort was launched to retrieve the stranded passengers from the cable cars dangling 3,600 meters above the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps.

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.

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This boy was among the dozens of passengers stranded overnight inside the cable cars.

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.

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