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Trapped above the French Alps: Crews work to rescue 100 stuck in cable car

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WATCH ABOVE: The last 17 people who were trapped in cable cars dangling above the Alps Thursday night were brought back down to the Italian town of Courmayeur by rescuers on Friday morning – Sep 9, 2016

PARIS – Helicopters are being sent to rescue 110 people stuck at over 3,000 metres altitude in a cable car that links France and Italy near Europe’s highest mountain, the Mont Blanc, police said.

WATCH: Rescue helicopters reach cable car passengers dangling above French Alps

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RAW: Rescue helicopters reach cable car passengers dangling above French Alps – Sep 9, 2016

The scenic cable-car journey is 5 km long and usually takes 35 minutes, but passengers have been stuck there for about two hours.

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“We will evacuate passengers by air, with police helicopters but also private ones called in by local authorities,” a spokesman for the local gendarmerie police said.

France 3 television said the cable car was stopped after cables got tangled in high wind.

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