The Herald

Skiers trapped in cable cars slide to safety


MORE than 150 skiers have been rescued after being trapped in cable cars in the Italian Alps.

The 153 skiers were stuck on the slopes of the Cervinia resort for seven hours on Saturday after wires carrying the cabins became tangled in strong winds.

The cars stopped at an altitude of more than 2,500m (8,366ft), and the rescue ended just before midnight.

No cases of hypothermi­a were reported during the incident in the Aosta Valley, near the French border.

TV pictures of the rescue showed the skiers using wires to slide down the cable to the ground.

A similar incident happened in the French Alps in September.

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