According to reports, Pakistani children who spent 16 hours dangling 1,200 feet above the earth in a broken cable car have spoken out about the terrifying experience.
A 15-year-old boy said he thought it was his last day. It’s like God has given him a do-over. Two other boys said they would remember the incident for a long time.
While waiting for help, one boy expressed concern that the car might fall to the earth, resulting in their deaths. So that seniors and children don’t experience such horrors, he asked the authorities to construct a school and connect his hamlet to the adjacent towns by bridge and road. He has already said he would prefer not to ride the cable car anymore if a local school were constructed.
The passengers can be seen clinging to the wagon as it hangs perilously over the river canyon in drone video acquired by media outlets.
The Pakistani Special Service Group (SSG) staged a daring rescue operation to free those still stuck in the chairlift; one of the six youngsters was rescued by being hoisted out of the lift by a helicopter.
The remaining people were rescued by zip-wire professionals who led the stranded passengers to safety.
The hilly Battagram area uses locally manufactured cable vehicles that significantly reduce the time needed to go everywhere. People are killed or wounded every year because they are not properly maintained.
Cable cars, typically cobbled from scrap metal, are a product of necessity due to a lack of infrastructure and a great distance between essential services like schools.
A report shows that communities construct them, sometimes illegally, since doing so is more cost-effective, and there is no other choice for infrastructure. They are sometimes built from the top portion of trucks. A Suzuki, for instance, might have its cabin expanded so that it may be used to carry both humans and cattle. Ropes are used to secure them to the cable, which might be made from recycled metal.
Despite the hazards, people frequently employ them to go over rivers and minimize the distance between mountain valleys.