Six China tourists rescued after trapped 7 hours in air

21:52, February 15, 2011      

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Six tourists were rescued Tuesday morning after being trapped in the air for seven hours on a recreation ride in southwest China's Guizhou Province.

The six people were trapped on a ride called "Kuanghu" at the People's Park in Honghuagang District, Zunyi City at around 5 p.m. Monday. They were individually brought down by rescuers early Tuesday morning.

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, said Liu.

Source: Xinhua
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