Rescuers save three stranded in chairlift in Upper Chitral

Rescue 1122 brought stranded persons to safety in 45 minutes.

UPPER CHITRAL: Three people were stranded in a chairlift after its cable snapped over the river between Kuragh and Gahlasht in Upper Chitral on Tuesday.

However, Rescue 1122 Upper Chitral succeeded in bringing the three to safety.

The height of the cable car was low but it was hanging over the river, an eyewitness told ChitralToday on phone. Rescue 1122 staffers smoothly reached the persons and brought them to safety. 

Rescue 1122 Upper Chitral said after being alerted about the incident, its disaster team reached the spot. The team while repairing the cable reached the cable car through a rung and tied a rope with the stranded chairlift.

The rescuers then came back to the riverbank in Kuragh side and pulled the chairlift to safety.

The whole rescue operation took about 45 minutes, the emergency service said.

The three persons were coming to Booni from Gohkeer when they got stranded after a rope of the cable car snapped, it added.

In the wake of the Battagram incident a few days ago where six students and two others remained stranded in the air for about 15 hours, the government had ordered closing down of all chairlifts/cable cars without any plan to provide the local people the alternatives. 

Local residents said chairlifts were used in a very few locations in Chitral to commune between remote village. 

One such chairlift was operation over the river between Chitral town near the Shahi mosque and Denin/Shadoke area which was closed. 

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