The rescue operation at Patriata chairlift, Murree has reached completion after 10 hours. The main attraction of the area broke down on Saturday.
Mohsin Fazal—the cable car manager of Patriata chairlift said that all 90 tourists got stuck in the cable cars, they have been rescued to safety and all of these tourists are safe and sound now. He said that the whole cable car system would be checked before it is permitted to start the operations again. He also said that the cable car operation would remain on hold while the chairlift would keep on operating.
As many as 90 people remained stuck on the chairlift for 10 hours.
The cable car manager informed that the help was received from the district administration, the Civil Defence, Pakistan Army and Rescue 112.
Muhammad Ali Randhawa—the DC Rawalpindi Chaudhry said that there were 8 to 9 people in every cable and none of the rescued tourists received any injury.
He further informed that initially 27 people were rescued from the 3 cables that were easily accessible. He said that it is very tough to rescue the people on board other cable cars as they were on height in a hilly area. He also said that they took the decision to re-adjust the pull rope back on to the clumps for setting the cable cars in motion. He added that the idea worked, and they were able to rescue the people.
The Murree Assistant Commissioner has been ordered to investigate the reasons why the cable car operation was permitted in mid of the windstorm after sunset. He also said that action would be taken against the ones involved in this and placed the lives of the people at risk.
The chairlift is one of the main attractions for the tourists in the hilly area of Murree, it starts from Ghulehree Gali to Patriata top.