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Helicopters, a zip line and prayers: How a cable car rescue got its happy ending

By Christina Goldbaum, Zia ur-Rehman and Salman Masood

22 Aug 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. Eight people, including seven students heading to a nearby school, have been saved after being stranded for hours hundreds of feet above a valley in a remote, mountainous region of Pakistan.

It was Tuesday morning, and Usama Sharif, who is 20 but still a 10th grader, shouldered his backpack, left his mud-brick home in a mountainside village in northwest Pakistan and walked down a dirt path to the cable car that would take him across the deep mountain valley to his school, his father said.

For years, the cable car had offered a lifeline to the otherwise isolated village, Pashto, deep in the mountains of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, easing an otherwise arduous journey for students to attend school or for sick members of the community to reach a hospital.

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