Special report: Strong Earthquake Jolts SW China
CHENGDU, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Eight tourists have been stranded on a cable car in Dujiangyan of the quake-hit southwest China for 26 hours, awaiting fire fighters to climb along the cable to rescue them.
Twelve tourists from Taiwan and two from the Chinese
mainland were on the ropeway in the Lingyan Temple when the massive quake hit
Sichuan Province at 2:28 p.m. on Monday. The tourists were traveling in pairs in
Six Taiwan tourists were rescued by 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday, said Yang Zheng, a spokesman of the Sichuan fire control general
Fire fighting authorities received calls on the
tourists' situation at 8 p.m. on Monday since telecommunication was disrupted
after the earthquake. They decided to start rescue operation on Tuesday as it
was too dangerous at night.
Starting from 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, fire fighters
inched along the cable to reach the tourists. They then lowered tourists to the
ground with a rope. Fire fighters needed to climb up to 600 meters along the
cable to save every pair of tourists.
Helicopters could not be used for the rescue because
of the landscape.
More than 30 fire fighters were still working to
rescue the stranded tourists at 5:16 p.m. Tuesday.