Pakistan cable car – live : Time running out to rescue children trapped in chairlift

Pakistan cable car – live : Time running out to rescue children trapped in chairlift

People watch as an army soldier slings down from a helicopter during a rescue mission to recover students stuck in a chairlift in Pashto village of mountainous Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on August 22, 2023. Six children and two adults were suspended inside a cable car dangling over a deep valley in Pakistan for several hours on August 22, as a military helicopter hovered nearby. (Photo by Prateek KUMAR / AFP) (Photo by PRATEEK KUMAR/AFP via Getty Images)
A desperate rescue attempt is underway to save seven children and one teacher stuck in a cable car in Battagram, north-west Pakistan (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Pakistan’s military is attempting a daring rescue of seven children and one adult who are trapped in a cable car dangling from a single rope 1,200 feet above a ravine in north-west Pakistan.

The alarm was raised when a chairlift wire snapped as the group were travelling to school in Battagram, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday morning.

The adult stuck in the cable car, a man named Glufaraz, has begged for help through the phone, pleading with authorities: ‘For God’s sake help us.’

Parents have also ‘screamed’ at emergency services to save their children, with reports of ‘complete chaos’ on the ground.

‘One child has fainted due to heat and fear,’ rescue official Shariq Riaz Khattak told Reuters.

Battagram district official Tanveer Ur Rehman said: ‘The chairlift is hanging 1,200 feet (365 meters) above ground.

‘Rescue efforts are impossible without a helicopter, and experienced rescue officials are needed to ensure the rescue goes smoothly.’

Follow’s live rolling coverage of the rescue as it happens.

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