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To be horrified at being Trapped in a freezing cable car overnight?

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Feminazi Fri 09-Sep-16 00:51:34

Because that's how 60 people in the French Alps are spending the night! shock

GozerTheGozerian Fri 09-Sep-16 00:54:55

I saw this. In high winds apparently.

(Where will they go to the toilet?!)


NisekoWhistler Fri 09-Sep-16 00:56:01

Wow not a nice situation, good job it's not the middle of winter.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Fri 09-Sep-16 00:58:32

How terrifying. Are they tourists?? (Is it freezing though?)

Floralnomad Fri 09-Sep-16 01:03:23

Must be terrifying irrespective of the weather .

Feminazi Fri 09-Sep-16 01:06:28

I can't believe there's not a manual override or something?!?

I really hope there's no kids! sad

oldlaundbooth Fri 09-Sep-16 01:11:04


oldlaundbooth Fri 09-Sep-16 01:13:14

It's 2 degrees.

Not actually that bad.


CoolCarrie Fri 09-Sep-16 01:18:49

In that situation you would need to designate a corner to be used as a toilet! With kids you could try and turn it into an adventure, poor sods hope they are all ok.

Damselindestress Fri 09-Sep-16 01:30:25

Scary! Reminds me of the horror movie Frozen about skiers stranded on a ski lift. I hope everyone is OK.

BitOfFun Fri 09-Sep-16 01:56:34

I remember seeing a stuck cable car from an adjacent one on a separate track a few hundred feet away, in Austria, about 30 years ago. A bloke (or possibly two) had climbed through a ceiling shaft-type thing, like in lifts, and it was being hand-cranked along the cable from the top of the car. Perhaps they just don't have the staff these days?

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Fri 09-Sep-16 02:26:53

What I'd do for the toilet would be the least of my worries stuck. Being what 1,000s of feet up overnight. I'd be birthing about 10 litters of kittens.
My stomach turning over just thinking about it

seadragonusgiganticusmaximus Fri 09-Sep-16 02:56:49

It could be worse. Much worse.

Hariasa Fri 09-Sep-16 04:02:14

I understand that up until it got dark they were rescuing people so I would assume they prioritised children in that operation.

It must be extremely frightening. I can't imagine anyone is going to get any sleep. Poor souls, let's hope they stay safe until morning.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Fri 09-Sep-16 04:26:30

It's 05.23 in France. They're resuming the rescue operation at 6.30. I hope the next hour flies for them.
They'll always have a story to tell. That's for sure.

londonrach Fri 09-Sep-16 04:35:01

My worse fear. If i do one of the cable cars i do it witheyes shut opening go quickly. Those poorpeople!!

FluffyFooFoo Fri 09-Sep-16 05:55:41

Oh my shock. I don't envy the poor sods!

Bagina Fri 09-Sep-16 06:19:55

I've just read this story shock. At first I thought it was the big one that goes up aguille du midi: that was maybe the scariest thing I've ever done (including skydive). Those poor people.

AllPowerfulLizardPerson Fri 09-Sep-16 06:25:38

"Perhaps they just don't have the staff these days?"

This BBC story also has pictures

They're the little pods (hold maybe half a dozen people) and they have never been staffed.

UsedToBeAPaxmanFan Fri 09-Sep-16 06:29:16

My understanding is that the cable cars are attached to two lines, not one. In the high winds the lines got tangled so the cars can't move. I'm amazed that they were allowimg the cable cars to run if it was that windy. Horrible for all concerned. I'm not sure how id cope, especially if i knew that, come morning, I'd have to climb out of the roof of a cable csr dangling hundreds of feet in the air and be winched off by helicopter.

Damsel I started to watch that movie about the ski lift and had to switch it off half way through as it was so gruesome.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Fri 09-Sep-16 06:31:22

First aid workers spent the night with those trapped which must have helped them. Poor people though.

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Fri 09-Sep-16 06:46:22

First heard this v early on World Service News, and instantly wondered how they were all managing to keep their legs crossed.
Do hope the poor things are safely rescued very soon.

topcat2014 Fri 09-Sep-16 06:59:59

I always think of James Bond (Roger Moore era) and Jaws whenever cable cars come up.

Not ideal.

Bagina Fri 09-Sep-16 07:09:32

topcat I went on that cable car in Rio and Jaws was all I could think of! I bloody hate the things.

Motheroffourdragons Fri 09-Sep-16 07:15:54

I have just seen this, and it must be awful for these people. I cannot imagine how they'd have got through the night - I'd be in a terrible state.
Hope they are rescued soon.

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