75 people lifted out of more than 30 cable cars that stalled high above Rhine River

 

COLOGNE – Seventy-five people were rescued from more than 30 cable cars that stalled high above the Rhine River in Cologne, Germany after one of the cars derailed on Sunday evening.

Thirty-two cars were in operation when the wheels of one of the cars detached from the guiding line. All of the cars had to be stopped, stranding the affected passengers.





Photos and video of the dramatic rescue operation showed over 150 emergency services personnel lifting passengers from the hanging cable cars to safety.

Cologne Fire Department spokesman Christian Heinrich told CNN: “Emergency services were sent to the scene and soon after arriving were able to ascertain that one of the cable cars on the left side Rhine pylon had come off the cable with its front wheels.”

Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker thanked the rescuers involved in the operation, adding: “My thoughts were with the children and adults, who had to wait courageously and patiently for hours.” GAC/Expat Media

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