The Cretaz chairlift at Cervinia, Italy stalled on Monday morning leaving 27 people stranded and requiring a helicopter rescue.
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A helicopter was used to winch the skiers and snowboarders from the chairlift in Italy’s Aosta Valley and airlift them to safety, an operation that took over an hour. The lift had stopped due to a ‘technical failure’.
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According to the Soccorso Alpino Valle d’Aosta, the rescue service for the Aosta Valley, the rescue was successful and no medical assistance was required for the stranded skiers and snowboarders.
The Cretaz chairlift is one of the key chairlifts departing from Cervinia’s base station and delivers skiers to the higher parts of the mountain towards the cable car heading to Plan Maison, reports Planetski. The Cretaz chairlift accesses many areas suitable for children and beginners. It is unclear how long the lift will remain closed.