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11 tourists stuck mid-air in cable car in Himachal, rescued

They were rescued one by one using another rescue trolley car and brought down to Kaushalya river valley below using ropes. Cable car mishaps are frequent. In April this year three people died in a cable car collision in Jharkhand's Tirkut Hills.

CHANDIGARH, June 20: A cable car carrying 11 tourists, including elderly, got stuck midway and was hanging mid-air in Parwanoo of Solan district in Himachal Pradesh on Monday afternoon.

They were rescued after three hours. They were rescued one by one with the help of a rescue trolley and brought down to Kaushalya river valley below using ropes. Technical hands of the resort company and the police undertook the rescue operation. A team of the National Disaster Response Force was also called in.

The elderly among the trapped used social media to highlight their agony. One of them posted: "I am a diabetes and kidney patient. They are saying the same thing again and again - that we will be rescued using the ropeway. We are not fit to be taken out like this."

The cable car belongs to the Timber Trail private resort. About 35 km from Chandigarh, it is located at the trijunction of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab.

"I will seek a report on what went wrong," Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur who reached the spot said.

A similar accident had occurred at Timber Trail in October 1992. Ten tourists had to be rescued by the military. The cable car operator had died while jumping from the stuck car. Some of the victims had to wait overnight to be rescued as night fell.

Three people had died in cable cars' collision in Jharkhand's Deoghar in April this year. The accident took place at Tirkut Hills near the Baba Baidyanath temple.

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