Hundreds of Malaysians stranded in cable car accident

Kaula Lumpur

Hundreds of tourists were stranded for hours after a cable car broke down on the Malaysian island of Langkawi, authorities said Monday, with some left dangling in cabins over a jungle-clad mountain as night fell.
Over 1,000 tourists, including some Western and Chinese visitors, and scores of cable car workers were trapped Sunday when a faulty part caused the popular attraction to grind to a halt, officials said.
Almost 90 people were travelling on the cable car — which is on the island’s second-highest peak and offers panoramic views over the palm-fringed tourist hotspot — at the time of the accident.
The majority were at the top of 700-meter Mount Machinchang, or at a station halfway down.
Twitter user Pricillia posted a picture of the stationary cable car up on the hill, with the message: “Worst experience ever.”
Those on the attraction were left hanging precariously for three hours before rescuers brought them down at about 9:00 pm by operating the cable car manually.
“People were nervous and fearful but when they saw the firefighters arriving, they clapped and began to smile,” Langkawi fire and rescue chief Mohamad Hisham Ibrahim told AFP.
The cable car was fixed at about 11:00 pm after a faulty bearing was replaced, allowing rescuers to bring down the remaining tourists and workers in batches, with the operation ending after midnight, Hisham told AFP. None were injured.—Agencies

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