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72 tourists trapped at Balea Lake safely rescued by helicopter

All 72 tourists trapped at Balea Lake, a glacier lake situated at 2,034 m of altitude in the Fagaras Mountains, in Cartisoara, Sibiu County, were safely evacuated on Wednesday by helicopters pertaining to the General Inspectorate of Aviation, Lidia Badila, spokesperson of the company managing the cable car at Balea Lake told Agerpres. The cable car broke down on Tuesday at 1pm.

From the 72 tourists, 34 were children, the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations informed. They were transported by helicopter over Balea Valley, which connects over 3,700 meters the Balea Lake, situated at over 2,000 meters altitude, to the Balea Waterfall, located 200 meters below.

“All tourists that were up there were brought by helicopter to Cartisoara. Please note that nobody was injured, the tourists were not in the cable car when it got stuck. During the night we offered the tourists free accommodation and a warm meal. We are making efforts to fix the cable car, which, for the moment, is not running,” Lidia Badila explained.

In Cartisoara the tourists were welcomed by teams of the Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication (SMURD) and were offered a hot tea. None of the 72 tourists needed medical assistance.

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