153 trapped christmas skiers rescued from cable cars in Italian Alps

  • By Ramiro Giorginelli

153 skiers celebrating christmas in the Italian Alps were trapped at altitude on suspended cable carts for more than 7 hours in perilous conditions officials have said


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The 153 skiers were stuck on the slopes of the Cervinia resort in the Italian Alps for more than seven hours over the christmas weekend after wires carrying the cabins became tangled in strong winds.

The cars stopped at an altitude of more than 2.5 km (8,366ft), the rescue ending just before midnight local time.

Astonishingly, despite strong icy winds and the inability for those trapped to move around for warmth there were no cases of hypothermia reported during the incident in the Aosta Valley, close to the French border.

Television pictures of the rescue showed the skiers using wires to slide down the cable to the ground in a manoeuvre James Bond or Laura Croft would have been proud of.

Incidents such as this are rare but not unheard of. In September 2016, more than 30 tourists spent a freezing night trapped in several cable carts high above the French Alps. They were eventually freed after rescuers managed to restart the carts by relaxing the tension of tangled cables.



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