Five Brits among 153 skiers trapped in cable cars for seven hours

Dramatic rescue as skiers stranded in cable cars 180ft above ground

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Five Brits among 153 skiers trapped in cable cars for seven hours



These are the terrifying conditions skiers faced when trapped in swinging cable cars in strong winds for SEVEN HOURS in a Christmas disaster.

Five British holidaymakers were among 153 people stuck when a ski lift in northern Italy broke down - stranding them about 30 metres (180 feet) above the ground.

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Alpine rescue officials said the breakdown on the Cervinia mountain in the Aosta Valley in northern Italy near the French border was most likely due to strong winds which got wires tangled.

Rescue squads were able to reach of the 25 cable cars via hatches in the top of each - after climbing up the pylons.

Video which emerged today showed the horrendous conditions they faced.

Gondolas could be seen swaying violently in the footage.

They lowered the stranded skiers to the ground one-by-one.

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Five Brits are known to have been trapped among the 153 - with no cases of hypothermia reported.

The incident occurred at around 2pm on Christmas Eve - and it took hours to bring everyone to safety.

One of the five stranded Brits on the cable cars, Brad Davies, 50, from West Wales, told The Times : "As we got on the lift, it was stopping and starting.

"It was scary — you don't know how long you're going to be stuck.

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"I called the company and they could not say any more than it was a technical fault and then it started to get dark and the fear was we would be stuck overnight.'

The head of the local rescue teams, Adriano Favre, said: "Luckily the wind wasn't too cold... everything is under control.

"Because of the wind and the cold, we needed to get the skiers out, and we have trained to do this."

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