Terrified tourists riding a cable car high over India's Shivalik mountains had to climb out of a stranded carriage 1,000 feet in the air and climb to safety on a precarious rope.
But some passengers – particularly children and the elderly – weren’t able to climb down the rope and were stranded in the malfunctioning gondola for over an hour.
Eventually a technical team from the cable car operator, Timber Trail, was brought in while local police monitored the situation.
A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also sent to the scene.
Onkar Chand Sharma, Principal Secretary, Disaster Management for Himachal Pradesh said: “Total of 15 persons were stranded in two cable cars. Four people in the uphill trolley, and 11 in the downhill trolley.”
A video from inside the cable car showed terrified tourists discussing whether they could risk climbing down the rope.
One elderly woman could be heard saying "We can't go down with the help of rope. We are old. We won't be able to get down and the authorities have been unable to take any action”.
All the passengers, believed to be tourists visiting from the capital Delhi, were rescued by Monday evening (June 20), officials said.
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In May 2021, fourteen people died when a cable car car plunged 65ft down the side of the Mottarone mountain near Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.
Three people were arrested in the wake of that accident.
Investigators say the emergency brakes had been deliberately disabled in the rush to get the cable car operational again after the end of lockdown.
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