Hang On: Dramatic Rescue Saves Cable Car Passengers

Dozens safely rescued in Germany; only 2 slight injuries
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2017 12:33 PM CDT
What a 130-Foot-High Cable Car Rescue Looks Like
Members of the fire service rescue people from a cable car gondola in Cologne, Germany, on Sunday.   (Martin Oversohl/dpa via AP)

About a week ago, firefighters in Germany drilled for an unlikely event: the rescue of cable car passengers. Over the weekend, that training paid off, reports the Guardian. Firefighters had to rescue about 75 people in Cologne on Sunday after one of the cars crashed into a support pillar. The crash brought the system to a halt and left all the passengers stuck about 130 feet over the Rhine River. Fire crews got everybody down with the help of mobile cranes, and only slight injuries were reported for two people. No word yet on the cause. (More rescue stories.)

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