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76 rescued from cable cars suspended over Rhine river in Germany (VIDEO)

76 rescued from cable cars suspended over Rhine river in Germany (VIDEO)Up to 76 people were rescued from cable cars suspended over the river Rhine in Cologne on Sunday afternoon after a gondola crashed into a support pillar, leaving passengers stranded.

This is reported by The Guardian.

German fire crews lowered people to safety from cable cars in a dramatic recovery operation, with children seen clinging to parents as they dangled 40 meters above the river.

German media reported that rescue teams in Cologne had practiced for an incident on the gondola just a week ago.

A pregnant woman and a man were slightly injured in the rescue mission in which mobile cranes were used to bring the stranded passengers to safety. No other injuries were reported.

Public transportation authorities for the city in North-Rhine-Westphalia state said 32 gondolas were operating when the incident occurred. An official cause has not been announced, but there was a strong wind at the time.


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