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Tourists, trapped in Mont Blanc cable car overnight, rescued

  • An EC-135 helicopter operated by the French Societe' Civile hovers, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, near three cars of the Panoramic Mont Blanc cable car that stalled around 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday, after its cables reportedly tangled. The cable car carrying tourists stopped working at high altitude over the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps on Thursday, prompting a major rescue operation and leaving 45 people trapped in midair overnight, France's interior minister said. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    An EC-135 helicopter operated by the French Societe' Civile hovers, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, near three cars of the Panoramic Mont Blanc cable car that stalled around 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday, after its cables reportedly tangled. The cable car carrying tourists stopped working at high altitude over the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps on Thursday, prompting a major rescue operation and leaving 45 people trapped in midair overnight, France's interior minister said. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)  (The Associated Press)

  • An EC-135 helicopter operated by the French Societe' Civile hovers, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, near three cars of the Panoramic Mont Blanc cable car that stalled around 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday, after its cables reportedly tangled. The cable car carrying 110 tourists stopped working at high altitude over the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps on Thursday, prompting a major rescue operation and leaving 45 people trapped in midair overnight, France's interior minister said. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    An EC-135 helicopter operated by the French Societe' Civile hovers, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, near three cars of the Panoramic Mont Blanc cable car that stalled around 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday, after its cables reportedly tangled. The cable car carrying 110 tourists stopped working at high altitude over the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps on Thursday, prompting a major rescue operation and leaving 45 people trapped in midair overnight, France's interior minister said. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)  (The Associated Press)

  • Aerial view, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, of three cars of the Panoramic Mont Blanc cable car where tourists were trapped after it stalled around 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday, when its cables reportedly tangled. The cable car carrying tourists stopped working at high altitude over the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps on Thursday, prompting a major rescue operation and leaving 45 people trapped in midair overnight, France's interior minister said. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Aerial view, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, of three cars of the Panoramic Mont Blanc cable car where tourists were trapped after it stalled around 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday, when its cables reportedly tangled. The cable car carrying tourists stopped working at high altitude over the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps on Thursday, prompting a major rescue operation and leaving 45 people trapped in midair overnight, France's interior minister said. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of tourists who were trapped in cable cars dangling above the Alps overnight, including a 10-year-old child, have all been safely rescued.

The mountain rescue service in the French city of Chamonix says the travelers were brought Friday morning to Chamonix and the Italian town of Courmayeur.

A series of cable cars got stuck after cables tangled at 3,600 meters altitude over the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps on Thursday, prompting a major rescue operation. The interior minister said 65 people were rescued, but 45 had to be left there overnight after rescue operations were halted because of rough flight conditions for helicopters.

Rescuers provided blankets, food and water to help weather the chilly mountain night-time conditions.