French ski-lift staff leave tourists dangling overnight

28th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

CHAMBERY, France, March 27 (AFP) - Two skiers spent the night on a ski-lift in freezing temperatures after staff switched the machinery off and went home, police said Sunday.

CHAMBERY, France, March 27 (AFP) - Two skiers spent the night on a ski-lift in freezing temperatures after staff switched the machinery off and went home, police said Sunday.

The two Parisian men, aged 26 and 36, were discovered on the ski-lift on Sunday morning as the ski resort reopened and were transported to hospital suffering from hypothermia.

The Arcs, at an altitude of 1,800 metres (6,000 feet) in the Alps, experienced an overnight temperature of minus four degrees Celsius (25 Fahrenheit).

Authorities at the ski station, accusing ski-lift staff of lack of vigilance, have opened an inquiry into the incident.

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