Tourists trapped in cable car for 17 hours

By Khanyisa Tabata
14 August 2011

Nineteen tourists and an operator who spent a night trapped in a cable car in Germany were rescued yesterday by two emergency helicopters. The cable car stopped working after its cables were hit by a paraglider.

The incident occurred on mount Tegelberg, in the Bavarian ski resort of Schwangau, near the famous Neuschwanstein castle. The tourists, aged from four to 75, were trapped for 17 hours.

A mountain rescue specialist was lowered into the gondola late on Friday, providing enough food and clothing to keep the trapped tourists warm and fed through the night.

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