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Tourists Rescued From Cable Cars in the Alps

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An EC-135 helicopter operated by the French Societe' Civile hovers near three cars of the Panoramic Mont Blanc cable car, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

An EC-135 helicopter operated by the French Societe' Civile hovers near three cars of the Panoramic Mont Blanc cable car, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

Stranded cable car passengers have been safely rescued from their overnight ordeal above the glaciers of Mont Blanc in the Alps.

Rescue workers reached the tourists, including a child, early Friday morning.

Tangled cable car lines left scores of tourists stranded Thursday.

Rescuers were dispatched to the high-altitude hanging cars late Thursday afternoon after employees of the cable car company failed to untangle the lines.

Dozens of people were rescued by helicopters, but dozens more remained in the cars when the rescue operation was suspended because of deteriorating weather conditions.

The tourists left behind were supplied with blankets, food and water.

Passengers in the cars closest to the ground were able to be transferred Thursday to other cars to make it down the mountain.

The cable cars connect Aiguille du Midi on the French side of the mountains with Pointe Helbronner on the Italian border.

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