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Rescuers pull 80 people from stalled lift at Ohio ski resort

January 16, 2011 |  8:31 am

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About 80 people had to be rescued from a ski lift at a northeast Ohio resort after the apparatus stalled Saturday afternoon. No injuries were immediately reported.

Rescue personnel were called to Alpine Valley ski area in Munson Township, east of Cleveland, Geauga County Sheriff's Lt. John Hiscox told Associated Press.

Winds in northeast Ohio and the Cleveland area were gusting up to 25 mph or more Saturday afternoon, though that's "fairly common" for the region, said Brian Mitchell, a meteorological technician for the National Weather Service.

A similar rescue effort took place Dec. 28 when a ski lift at Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort in Maine derailed, injuring eight.

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Photo:  A child is rescued from a chairlift as his friends wait their turn at Alpine Valley Ski Area in northeast Ohio on Saturday. Credit: Maribeth Joeright/ Ohio News-Herald / Associated Press

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