Aug.13 - Mountain rescue teams free twenty tourists from a cable car in southern Germany after they were stuck in it overnight. Nick Rowlands reports.
Safe at last, after 18 hours trapped in a cable car on the Tegelberg mountain in Bavaria, southern Germany. Emergency services rescued 20 tourists - mostly German, and aged between four and 74 years old - who had been stuck overnight on a gondola. The lift stopped working on Friday afternoon when a paraglider crashed into the cable. Bavarian Mountain Rescue managed to bring down everyone from the top of the mountain by helicopter, and save around 30 people from the lower gondola. But high winds meant they could not reach the last car, though a member of the rescue team did manage to reach the gondola by rope and deliver food and blankets, and there was a doctor nearby in case of emergency. (SOUNDBITE) (German) ROLAND AMPENBERGER, SPOKESPERSON FOR THE BAVARIAN MOUNTAIN RESCUE: "Of course it was also stressful for the rescue teams because it was a very complex action. We always had to think in all directions to keep all opportunities open. If it hadn't worked with a helicopter then we took measures in the night to get the people out by rope to get them back down safely." Despite spending the night suspended 100 metres in the air, none of the rescued passengers were reported injured. The cable car is situated near Neuschwanstein Castle, believed to be the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty". Nick Rowlands, Reuters.