People among the 33 tourists who spent a night in cable cars in the French Alps arrive escorted by rescuers before being brought to the ground on September 9, 2016 in Courmayeur. / AFP / Jean-Pierre CLATOT
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Thirty-three tourists who were trapped overnight in cable cars high above the glaciers of Mont Blanc were brought to safety Friday morning after technicians repaired tangled cables, the operator said.More than 110 people were initially trapped on the 5 km (3 mile) ride between two mountain peaks at an altitude of over 3,000 meters (9,840 feet) when three cables snared.Four helicopters rescued 65 people from the four-person cable cars before night fell over Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, and dropped emergency blankets and bottles of water for those left stuck.Company head Mathieu Dechavanne said the cars stopped because supporting cables and towing cables crossed at three different points.
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