Skiers rescued by helicopter after cable car breaks down in French Alps resort

Skiers rescued by helicopter after cable car breaks down in French Alps resort
Photo: A gondola lift at the ski resort of Les Menuires. Photo: AFP
Over 100 skiers endured a hair-raising afternoon in the French Alps on Sunday when a cable car broke down leaving them suspended in mid-air for several hours.

The incident happened in the resort of Les Menuires in the hugely popular Three Valleys skiing area of the French Alps.

Some 120 people were left stranded in mid-air when the cable car broke down just before 3pm.

Local officials said a technical problem had caused the breakdown.

In order to ensure everyone was rescued before nightfall, police decided to evacuate the stranded skiers “vertically” by helicopter.

While the experience was no-doubt frightening for many involved, the local mayor reported that no one was injured in the operation.

 


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