Alps cable car rescue

An operation is underway to to rescue people trapped overnight in cable cars in the French Alps.

Forty-five tourists spent a cold Thursday night suspended above the glaciers of Mont Blanc at an altitude of about 3,800m (12,468ft).

They were among 110 people initially trapped when the cable cars ground to a halt on Thursday afternoon.

Authorities believe high winds caused cables carrying the cars to become tangled.

Engineers are attempting to untangle the cables in an operation described by a spokesman as “delicate.”

Sixty-five people were evacuated by helicopter late on Thursday but the rescue operation had to be suspended on Thursday night when night fell and clouds hampered visibility.

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