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Dozens rescued in Bavarian cable-car breakdown

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Dozens rescued in Bavarian cable-car breakdown


There has been a major mountain rescue operation in southern Germany after dozens of skiers were trapped when a cable car system ground to a halt.

It happened at the Brauneck ski resort about 60 kilometres south of Munich. Bavarian police scrambled helicopters and ground teams to reach 43 people stranded in the stricken gondolas.

One rescued skier said: “After a hour we began to get worried, and started asking ourselves what was going on. But we know that the cable-cars are basically very safe. So we didn’t really think that we were going to fall to our deaths, that wasn’t the case.”

In all it took around 100 rescuers three hours to recover everyone. Some were brought to safety with ladders and ropes, but others, who were dangling up to 70 metres above the ground had to be freed by helicopter.

Authorities say no-one was injured.

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