Pakistan cable car ordeal ends with all on board, mostly children, rescued

Pakistan cable car ordeal ends with all on board, mostly children, rescued

  • Rescue operation accomplished efficiently, PM says
  • Seven college students and one different have been on board for hours
  • ‘It was a singular operation that required plenty of ability’-military

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Pakistani rescuers pulled seven youngsters and one man to security after their cable automotive turned stranded excessive over a distant ravine on Tuesday, ending an ordeal lasting greater than 15 hours.

“It was a singular operation that required plenty of ability,” the army stated in a press release.

The high-risk operation within the north of Pakistan was accomplished within the darkness of evening after the cable automotive snagged early within the morning, leaving it hanging precariously at an angle all day.

“All the children have been efficiently and safely rescued,” caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar stated in a put up on messaging platform X, previously often called Twitter.

“Nice group work by the army, rescue departments, district administration in addition to the native folks.”

A army helicopter rescue operation was referred to as off as evening fell after two youngsters had been pulled to security. Flood lights have been put in and a ground-based rescue continued.

A safety supply stated that cable crossing consultants had been making an attempt to rescue the youngsters one after the other by transferring them on to a small platform alongside the cable.

Earlier than the helicopter rescue was referred to as off, TV footage confirmed one youngster being lifted off the cable automotive in a harness, swinging facet to facet, earlier than being lowered to the bottom.


A view reveals a cable automotive carrying college students stranded mid-air in Battagram, Pakistan, August 22, 2023, on this display seize obtained from social media video. Umeed Sahar/through REUTERS Purchase Licensing Rights

The rescue effort transfixed the nation, with Pakistanis crowded round tv units, as media confirmed footage of an emergency employee dangling from a helicopter cable near the small cabin, with these onboard cramped collectively.

“A particularly troublesome and sophisticated operation has been efficiently accomplished by the Pakistan army,” the army stated in a press release.

“All stranded individuals have been safely evacuated and moved to a secure place… Civil administration and locals additionally actively got here ahead to take part on this operation.”

A video shared by a rescue company official confirmed greater than a dozen rescuers and locals lined up close to the sting of the darkish ravine, pulling on a cable till a boy connected to it by a harness reached the hillside safely to cries of “God is nice”.

“It’s a sluggish and dangerous operation. One particular person must tie himself with a rope and he’ll go in a small chairlift and rescue them one after the other,” stated Abdul Nasir Khan, a resident.

One of many cable strains carrying the automotive snapped at round 7 a.m. (0200 GMT) as the scholars have been travelling to highschool in a mountainous space in Battagram, about 200 km (125 miles) north of Islamabad, officers stated.

The cable automotive obtained caught half means throughout the ravine, about 275 metres (900 ft) above floor, Shariq Riaz Khattak a rescue official on the website, informed Reuters.

The helicopter rescue mission had been difficult by gusty winds within the space and the truth that the helicopters’ rotor blades risked additional destabilising the elevate, he stated.

“Our scenario is precarious, for god’s sake do one thing,” Gulfaraz, a 20-year-old on the cable automotive, informed native tv channel Geo Information over the telephone. He stated the youngsters have been aged between 10 and 15 and one had fainted resulting from warmth and concern.

Reporting by Asif Shahzad and Gibran Pehimam in Islamabad and Mushtaq Ali in Peshawar; Writing by Gibran Peshimam, Shivam Patel and Nick Macfie; Enhancing by Sharon Singleton, Nick Macfie and Hugh Lawson

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Shahzad is an completed media skilled, with over 20 years of expertise. He primarily studies out of Pakistan, Afghanistan areas, with an ideal curiosity and an in depth data of Asia. He additionally studies on politics, financial system, finance, enterprise, commodities, Islamist militancy, human rights


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