In Tenerife, 70 people of various nationalities including three children were trapped in the cable car cabins at Mount Teide following a breakdown on Wednesday afternoon, and all emergency services were called in.
The two cable cars were stuck half way up the mountain, and the system would not restart. Around 200 people were also left stranded at the peak. A spectacular rescue was carried out by emergency helicopter crews and firemen.
An emergency coordination vehicle, Canarian health service emergency staff, Guardia Civil, environmental officersand Red Cross staff worked at the scene. The rescue effort from the two cabins was completed just before the light faded, with the passengers taken out one by one through the bottom of the cabins, and lowered to the ground using mountaineering ropes. From there they were able to walk down to the base station where they were attended to by medical and psychological specialists. No-one was hurt.
Those stranded at the peak were accommodated at the two refuges and brought down on Thursday.