All 21 people rescued from New Mexico tram after hours of effort

All 21 people trapped on a tram in New Mexico have been rescued after being trapped, in some cases for over 12 hours, Bernalillo County Fire Department said. Two trams were stuck early Saturday morning when moisture and wind caused ice formation, Sandia Peak Tramways CEO Michael Donovan said CBS Albuquerque, New Mexico, affiliated with KQRE.

The people were rescued 2-4 at a time, said Jayme Fuller of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office broadcast a live feed of the rescue on his Facebook page, including the high-flying rescue, in which crews climbed into the second tram tower, came through the roof hatch and then helped rappel the captured people to the ground, according to Albuquerque Journal.

After rescuing 20 people from the first gondola, one lone employee was rescued after getting stuck in the other car.

Also BSCO Metro Air support, Bernalillo County Fire Department and New Mexico State Police search and rescue assisted with the rescue. Fuller said the emergency call came around 6 p.m. 02.00 Saturday.

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Conditions January 1, 2022, after a tram got stuck on the Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Donovan told KQRE that the captured people included employees from the tram, as well as the Ten 3 restaurant at the top. He said the trams are equipped with supplies such as food and water as well as emergency heating blankets.

Some of the riders posted video and photos of icy conditions on the tram. Fuller told the Albuquerque Journal that the stranded were employees of a local restaurant who took the tram down after their New Year’s Eve shift was over.

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