150 Guests Stranded In French Alps Gondola For Several Hours On Sunday

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A picture taken on February 20, 2015 shows ski lifts at the Val Thorens ski station, in the French Alps. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZES

According to AFP, around 150 mountain guests were trapped in gondola cars for several hours on Sunday at Chamrousse Ski Resort in France. Around 3:00pm on Sunday afternoon, the resorts Gondola stopped working due to unknown reasons. At the time of the breakdown, there were about 150 guests on the lift.

The red pin marks the location of the resort. Image: Google Maps

Civil security helicopters were brought in to rescue the stranded mountain guests. They brought rescue personnel to every gondola car, where they opened the roof hatches and lowered guests to safety. After about 2 hours, all of the individuals that were trapped in the gondola cars were safely rescued. The cause of the breakdown has yet to be released.

“They will all be home in time for Christmas Eve,” Franck Lecoutre, head of the tourism office in the Chamrousse ski resort, told AFP.

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