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Trapped tourists rescued from Ukrainian cable car

Trapped tourists rescued from Ukrainian cable car
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In Ukraine, 76 tourists have been rescued from two stuck cable cars at the Ai Petri mountain near Yalta in the Crimea.

One car was stranded 140 metres above the ground and a second one was 50 metres up in the air. In total it took eight hours to get everyone out.

Most of those rescued were Russian tourists and 13 were children.

One of them, a woman called Nina, said: “At first the car shook, then there was a vibration, then it stopped suddenly and swung sharply, and we were hanging in the air for a long time.

Ukrainian Emergency Ministry workers used mountain climbing gear, including ropes and harnesses to rescue the tourists, lowering them to the ground with ropes. No one was injured.

The problem occurred exactly 25 years to the day after the cable car system opened.

It is Ukraine’s longest cableway and runs to the top of the mountain which is 1,234 metres high.