Major update on rescue of children trapped in cable car dangling over ravine

Four children have been rescued from a cable car dangling from a single rope 1,200 feet above a ravine in Pakistan.

They were among seven students and one adult stuck inside the lift for more than 10 hours.

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 Gulfaraz, 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 teenager, who has a heart condition, is said to be unconscious after fainting from ‘heat and fear’.

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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