Four children were rescued from a stranded cable car in Pakistan as rescuers raced to save others. A military source said four children had been rescued from a chairlift dangling 900 feet above a mountainous region in Pakistan for at least 10 hours, while the quest to save two other children and two adults remained Tuesday.
On Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. local time, one of the chairlift’s cables broke as the children traveled to school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to Tanveer Ur Rehman, deputy commissioner of the Battagram district.
Your colleague Rehman added that the chairlift had made numerous trips on Tuesday before the cable snapped.
According to Ur Rehman, strong winds prevented previous attempts to access the chairlift.
A video released earlier by the rescue services showed a large crowd gathered on the mountainside, observing as a Special Services officer was lowered from a helicopter to the dangling chairlift.
According to a report from Geo News in Pakistan, two students on the chairlift were purportedly slipping in and out of consciousness. Gulfaraz, an unidentified passenger, urged state authorities to take action. He stated that the 10 to 15-year-old pupils did not even have access to water.
In response to reports of children vomiting, rescue personnel administered anti-nausea medication to the passengers, according to Ur Rehman, who added that those confined were also given heart medication.
Previously, a local government official stated that eight children were stranded at a height of 1,200 feet (365 meters) with their parents.
Bilal Ahmad Faizi, a rescue official, reported that one of the chairlift’s two cables ruptured. The chairlift connects two communities in the region.
According to a statement from his office, Pakistan’s interim prime minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar ordered that all “dilapidated and non-compliant chairlifts” be shut down immediately.
Many students who reside in remote, mountainous regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa rely on cable cars to get to and from school. Some of these need more routine maintenance and can be hazardous modes of transportation.