Helicopters rescue stranded ski lift passengers in French Alps


Skiers stranded for hours on broken-down gondolas at the at the Chamrousse resort resort in the French Alps, swaying in the wind at heights of up to 25 metres above ground, were rescued after helicopters dropped rescuers who winched the passengers safely to ground.

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Around 200 skiers who were left stranded in chairlifts when a gondola broke down at a resort in the French Alps have been rescued by workers via helicopter, reports ABC News (Australia).

Two civil security helicopters dropped rescue personnel over every gondola car to open the roof hatches, release the skiers inside and lower them down to safety.

The gondola cars at the Chamrousse resort run 25 metres above the ground.

Video shared on social media showed rescuers hanging from ropes from helicopters, swinging back and forth near the stationary charlifts.

See more of this report from ABC News.

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