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Canada Hundreds of skiers spent hours stranded after Bromont chairlift breaks

18:41  23 january  2020
18:41  23 january  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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A file photo of a ski lift© Getty A file photo of a ski lift

Hundreds of skiers spent hours stranded on a chairlift after a mechanical failure at the Bromont ski resort left them hanging Wednesday night.

Daniel Rochon, the deputy general director of the resort, said the outage started just after 7 p.m.

Employees tried to fix the problem, but after an hour and a half without success, they began evacuating the skiers stuck on the lift, he said.

Over 200 people were on the lift when it stopped.

People were still being evacuated at 10:30 p.m., three and a half hours after they became stuck.

Carl Beaulieu, a skier from Mercier who was at Bromont at the time but was not stuck on the lift, said people were calm as they waited.

"Nobody was screaming. Everyone sat there waiting for the three hours or so," Beaulieu told Radio-Canada. "But people seemed pretty fed up."

No one was hurt in the incident and emergency services were not called, Rochon said.

He said the evacuation took time because people had to be taken down one by one.

"The good thing is that the temperature wasn't very cold," he said.

The cause of the failure is still not known.

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