LANGKAWI: Hundreds of visitors who were trapped in cable cars or stranded on top of a hill in Langkawi have been rescued, about five hours after a cable car service there was disrupted by a system fault on Sunday afternoon (Feb 18).
Langkawi Development Authority chief executive officer Azizan Noordin said tourists were stranded inside the cable cars when the Langkawi SkyCab failed at 5.48pm.
Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd, the operator of the Langkawi SkyCab cable car system, said it managed to rectify the malfunction just before 11pm, to begin bringing down a total of 960 tourists and 78 staff from the 708-metre Mount Machinchang summit to the base station.
Eighty-nine of those trapped in the gondolas arrived at a base station at the foot of Machincang mountain at around 9.30pm.
"Another three cable cars carrying 18 tourists are on their way down after being stuck for about four hours between the middle station and the base station," Azizan told Bernama.
“A 12-man technical team accompanied by two fire and rescue department personnel is already up at the middle station to replace a faulty bearing in the system, which (was) the cause of the breakdown,” he added.
Malaysia’s fire department said it was informed about the incident at 6.53pm and a rescue team arrived at the location at 7.06pm.
Azizan said the cable car system would be halted for half day to enable maintenance and service works to be carried out.
“The operation will only resume after noon when we are satisfied,” he added.
Langkawi Cable Car is one of the attractions on the island, where visitors get a panoramic view at 706 metres above sea level.