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27 rescued from Quito cable car (+ videos)

Another 47 managed to land on their own two feet after the system failed.

Ecuador’s capital Quito’s emergency services were able to rescue 27 people trapped in the cable car’s cabins for more than ten hours due to a technical fault this Friday morning, the mayor confirmed. From Babel Munoz, the capital of Ecuador.

Another 47 people were left without transport at the top of the mountain, the official said, some of whom had to descend on foot during the three- to two-hour trek around midnight.

He declared that he was “absolutely outraged” by the lack of a “clear protocol” from the operating company to rescue those trapped.

As he explained, the service was stopped at 4:30pm and the firemen were informed two hours later, they went to the scene “immediately” but as the company believed, the rescue operation started after 8:00pm. He can resume service.

After the accident, the company was ordered to shut down cable car operations to check “permissions are up to date and maintenance is carried out”.

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