Glitch in cable car leaves pilgrims in lurch in TN; rescued

Glitch in cable car leaves pilgrims in lurch in TN; rescued

Twenty three pilgrims were stranded in midair for four hours in a cable car hanging on to a rope which stopped halfway to the famous Lord Muruga hill shrine here following a snag on Wednesday.

The pilgrims, including six children and two differently-abled persons travelling in two cabins, were stuck at different heights – 20 feet and 100 feet – when the cable car came to a halt at 8 am on way to the Sri Dhandayuthapani Swamy shrine, officials said.
All the pilgrims were rescued after a four-hour battle by the fire service personnel, who used rope ladder and bamboo baskets to bring them down.

“We got panicky when the cabin got stuck. But the fire service personnel’s encouraging words that we will be rescued soon eased the anxiety to a large extent,” Vijayakumari, one of the devotees, told reporters. The rope car is being operated by a private company and it takes two-and-half minutes to cover the distance of 323 metres from the base station to the temple. After an accident in 2007, in which four devotees died, the capacity of the cabins was changed to carry 16 persons each while going up and 12 on the way down.

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