Rescue operation underway to rescue over 100 people trapped in cable car
A rescue operation is underway to rescue over 100 people trapped on a cable car in the French Alps after high winds cause mechanical failure.
Four helicopters from Swiss, French and Italian rescue services are attempting to evacuate the tourists stranded on a cable connecting the Aiguille du Midi station in Chamonix to the Italian Punta Helbronner above Courmayeur.
Local police say 110 people became trapped in the panoramic cable cars linking the two resorts from around 5.25pm on Thursday.
It's thought strong winds may have caused wires cross over, but this has yet to be confirmed.
BFMTV reports that as of 9pm around 45 people had been rescued.
Mathieu Dechavanne, chief executive of the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc, which manages the cable cars, said the operation to get people down ‘will take some time' but fortunately, 'the weather is good.'
Many will have to spend the night trapped in the cable cars at around 3,700 metres.
He told La Vanguardia: 'We are in contact with customers. They have water and means to communicate.'