- Two of the eight people were rescued by helicopter
- Commandos give food and medicine to the students
- A plea for help from students for rescue
- The helicopter causing the cable car to shake
PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s military rescued two children among eight people trapped in a cable car suspended over a high gorge, after the line broke early on Tuesday, in a high-risk operation. the wind
Seven students and a teacher have been stuck in the cable car since 7 a.m. (0200 GMT) as they were on their way to school in a remote mountainous area of Battagram, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Islamabad, officials said.
A rescue agency spokesperson and a district official said two children have now been rescued. Nothing more can be said in detail now.
The cable car got stuck halfway across a canyon about 274 meters (900 feet) above the ground and dangled by a wire after another fell, Shariq Riaz Khattak, a rescue official at the scene, told Reuters.
Gusty winds in the area complicated rescue operations and the helicopter’s rotor blades risked further destabilizing the lift.
“Our situation is precarious, for God’s sake do something,” Gulfaraz, 20, who was on the cable car, told local television channel Geo News by phone, appealing to the authorities to rescue them as soon as possible. He said the other students were aged 10 to 15 and one fainted from the heat and fear.
The rescue effort, with Pakistanis crowding around television sets, transfixed the country, as local media showed footage of emergency workers hanging from a helicopter cable near the small cabin, where those on board were seen huddled together.
At the scene, a crowd of villagers gathered on the opposite hillside to anxiously watch the operation.
Muzaffar Khan, a district administration official in Botgram, said there were seven students and one teacher, updated from the earlier report of six students and two teachers.
Reporting by Asif Shahzad and Jibran Pehimam in Islamabad and Mushtaq Ali in Peshawar; Written by Gibran Peshimam; Editing by Sharon Singleton
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