“My biggest concern is, will they have to stop this operation midway through the rescue and leave some people still trapped there,” Blanc said. “I was able to witness the sheriff land in the tower’s helicopter.”
Bernalillo County Sheriff Larry Koren was flying a rescue helicopter at the time.
“As far as danger goes, the risk is actually pretty low,” says Koren.
He said the weather was one of the biggest challenges and they had been trained to evacuate people directly from the tram – by rope from a helicopter – but decided it was not a safe option. Best.
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Instead, 21 people backed down to the ground where helicopters were used to minimize the time people were exposed to the icy elements – and transport people back to base.
“Getting the number of people evacuated from the tram was a huge success,” said Koren.
The rescue impressed Blanc, even from afar.
“I totally believe in it,” Blanc said. “And you’ll find me back on the tram this week if I can.”
As for when the trams will reopen, the general manager said Tuesday is a traditional maintenance day – so they will evaluate the system on Tuesday and decide when to reopen the trams and Ten3.
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