Six tourists trapped in air for 7 hours rescued in China

February 15th, 2011 - 10:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing (China) Feb 15 (IANS) Six tourists, who were trapped in the air for seven hours while being on a recreational ride in southwest China’s Guizhou province, were rescued Tuesday. The six people were trapped on a ride called “Kuanghu” at the People’s Park in Honghuagang district, Zunyi City, around 5 p.m. Monday. They were individually brought down by rescuers early Tuesday morning, Xinhua reported.

The ride stopped while 32 meters above the ground and the wind was reported as quite strong, which posed great difficulties to the rescue operation.

To make matters worse, a light snow began to fall at 9 p.m., said Liu Naihui, deputy chief of the district’s Landscape Bureau.

Though the park remains open, all recreational facilities are closed during an on-going safety check. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, Liu added.

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