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200 Tourists Rescued From Cable Cars in the Italian Dolomites

Destination & Tourism | Michael Isenbek | March 07, 2015

200 Tourists Rescued From Cable Cars in the Italian Dolomites

Photo courtesy of Aiut Alpin Dolomites

Helicopters and rescue workers swooped in to rescue 200 stranded skiing tourists stuck in cable cars in the Italian Dolomites after high winds tree fell on the line, The Telegraph reported.

Eighty mile-per-hour winds toppled the tree, halting 20 cabins on the Ciampinoi cable car line in the Val Gardena resort. Concerned that the cable would snap under the weight of the tree,  mountain rescue and firefighters joined forces, and were lowered onto the cars to evacuate skiers. Nobody was injured.

The French ski resort of La Tania tweeted kudos to the Italian mountain rescue team: "Safe gondola evacuation in Italy. That's why our rescue teams practice this..."

Adverse weather conditions have been affecting much of Northern Italy, including tourist magnet Tuscany. According to AFP via Yahoo! In that region, two lives have been lost, and a popular 17th-century church belltower at Cortona has partially collapsed. Sailings from Tuscany to the island of Sardinia have also be suspended due to rough seas.

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