6 rescued from German hot air balloon that hit power lines

2018-10-01 19:25
A hot air balloon sits on top of a high-voltage power line in Bottrop. (Roland Weihrauch, dpa via AP)

A hot air balloon sits on top of a high-voltage power line in Bottrop. (Roland Weihrauch, dpa via AP)

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Authorities say they successfully rescued six people from a hot air balloon that collided with a power line tower in western Germany and became snared 70m above the ground.

Crews were working on Monday to bring down the balloon after rescuing the passengers from its basket the night before.

The dpa news agency reports the balloon hit the metal tower on Sunday evening and deflated, leaving the basket hanging precariously near the top of the structure near the city of Bottrop, northwest of Essen.

Rescue workers climbed up and secured the basket, then brought down the passengers in a five-hour operation. They were uninjured but brought to a hospital for observation.

The balloon itself came into contact with a 380 000-volt power line but the basket fortunately did not make contact with the wires.

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