Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

20 trapped in cable car overnight

Twenty tourists have been rescued after being trapped overnight on a cable car in the German Alps (AP)

Twenty tourists have been rescued after being trapped overnight on a cable car in the German Alps.

Emergency services spokesman Roland Ampenberger said helicopter crews lifted the group, which included several children, to safety after they had spent about 17 hours inside a gondola, suspended some 260ftt (80m) above the ground.

Police said the cable car was stopped on Friday after a paraglider crashed into the cables of the system which climbs the Tegelberg mountain, but strong winds hindered a swift rescue effort.

Tegelberg is within sight of one of Germany's most popular tourist attractions - the Neuschwanstein Castle, which is often regarded as the inspiration for one of Walt Disney's fairytale castles.

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