A dramatic rescue operation is currently underway in Pakistan to save eight individuals, including six children, who find themselves in a perilous situation. The incident involves a cable car hanging precariously over a valley in the north-western part of the country.
These children were on their way to school when a cable unexpectedly snapped, leaving the cable car suspended a daunting 274 meters (900 feet) above the ground. The acting Prime Minister of Pakistan has taken swift action, directing rescuers to address this “highly alarming” situation that unfolded in Battagram.
While military helicopters have managed to reach the scene, the current progress of the rescue operation remains uncertain.
According to reports from Dawn.com, the eight passengers endured over four hours of captivity before a military helicopter reached them. This tense event unfolded at approximately 07:00 local time on a Tuesday morning.
One of the trapped passengers, Gulfraz, reached out to Geo News, urging for assistance, saying, “For God’s sake help us.” He confirmed that a total of eight people were aboard the cable car.
Zulfiqar Khan, an official from Pakistan’s 1122 rescue service, noted, “The cable car is stuck in a place where it is almost impossible to help without a helicopter,” underscoring the complexity of the situation.
As highlighted by a local teacher speaking to Dawn.com, around 150 individuals resort to this risky cable car journey to reach school each day due to the lack of viable transportation infrastructure in the region.