The rescue operation to save dozens of people trapped at nearly 4,000 metres in cable cars near Mont Blanc will continue in the morning, French authorities say. Natasha Howitt reports.
Forty-five people are still stranded in mid-air in cable cars at the border between France and Italy. The line between two mountain peaks came to a halt on Thursday near Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain. Cables reportedly became tangled in high winds. Sixty-five people were rescued before night fell. Helicopters collected most of them, but others were forced to abseil down to a glacier as fog rolled in. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KATHY COOK, U.S. TOURIST FROM MICHIGAN, SAYING: "We were there almost ten hours in the cable car, the cables failed about two-thirty in the afternoon and it was just before midnight when they finally belayed us out of the gondolas." Authorities say the rescue operation will restart in the morning. Those still stuck are at an altitude of nearly 4,000 metres. Blankets and food have been delivered to them, and rescue workers are staying with many overnight.