93mph Winds Trap 153 Skiers In Cable Cars In The Italian Alps

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On Saturday, 153 skiers were trapped in cable cars at the Italian Ski Resort of Cervinia, which is located in the Aosta Valley close to the Swiss Boarder. The cable car failed at an elevation of 8,336 feet. High winds meant that rescue crews couldn’t use helicopters, so they had to resort to ground rescue operations. Wind gusts of up to 93mph pushed cable cars almost horizontally, which was quite scary for the skiers trapped inside. The rescue operation took more than 8 hours and ended just before midnight, when all of the stranded skiers were lowered to safety.

This video shows the brute force of the wind upon the stalled cable cars. Thankfully, everyone was brought to safety without any injuries, it could’ve been a lot worse.


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