Dozens trapped in one of world's highest tourist cable cars for nearly 10 hours in Ecuador rescued



Seventy-five people trapped for nearly 10 hours after the system was paralyzed due to an electrical problem were brought safely to the ground.

Dozens of people were rescued in the early hours of Friday after being trapped for nearly 10 hours on one of the world's highest tourist cable cars in Ecuador's capital Quito.

The visitors were trapped for "nearly 10 hours" after the system was paralyzed due to an electrical problem.

The statement said 48 people stuck at the system's uppermost terminal at some 4,000 meters (13,120 feet) were brought to safety.

Seventeen were rescued from gondolas stuck on the line while another 10 came to the ground after the system restarted.

The cable car travels a distance of 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) between two terminals, the lowest at an altitude of 3,100 meters above sea level.

Video footage on the municipality's Twitter account shows people being abseiled to safety from a gondola. Others, including children, are seen emerging, wrapped in emergency blankets after their cabins made it back safely to the ground.


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