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Alps rescue: 110 people stuck in cable car 3,000 metres up Mont Blanc

Published 08/09/2016

Passengers have been stuck in French Alps cable car for about two hours (File photo)
Passengers have been stuck in French Alps cable car for about two hours (File photo)

Helicopters are being sent to rescue 110 people trapped in cable cars at over 3,000 metres altitude over the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps.

France 3 television said the cable car was stopped after cables got tangled in high wind.

Chamonix mayor Eric Fournier said "the people stuck are being evacuated by helicopter" and added that "there's nothing fundamentally to fear".

Mr Fournier, who spoke to BFM-TV, said Italian authorities were helping with the rescue.

The scenic cable-car journey is 5km long and usually takes 35 minutes, but passengers have been stuck there for about two hours.

"We will evacuate passengers by air, with police helicopters but also private ones called in by local authorities," a spokesman for the local gendarmerie police said.

It is not clear what caused the cable cars to stop - or if there was an electricity outage.

A local police official said that the 110 people trapped were in the Vallee Blanche Cable Car that rises to an altitude of 3,778 metres (12,395ft).

It connects the famed Aiguille du Midi peak to the Pointe Helbronner and takes 30 minutes.

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