Dozens trapped in mountain-high cable cars

  • 09/09/2016
Dozens trapped in mountain-high cable cars

Forty-five people remain stranded in cable cars near Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc, after a ride between two mountain peaks came to a halt, French authorities say.

Four helicopters managed to rescue 65 people from the cable cars before night fell over the Alps, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement on Thursday.

Those trapped were riding in the Panoramic Mont-Blanc gondola - which connects the Aiguille du Midi peak in France to Pointe Helbronner on the Italian side of Mont Blanc - after the cables were tangled in high winds, according to local media.

Rescuers were sent to spend the night in gondolas with the remaining travellers, bringing water, food and survival blankets.

The scenic cable-car journey is 5km long and usually takes 35 minutes.