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    Sightseers injured as chairlift collapses
    January 3 2003
    By Peter Ker and AAP

    Up to 20 people were injured after a popular tourist chairlift on the Mornington Peninsula collapsed today.

    A stanchion pole on the Arthur's Seat chairlift collapsed about 500 metres from the lowest station at the bottom of the hill.

    Ambulance officers were called to the scene about 2.20pm and treated passengers for neck and spinal injuries, ambulance spokesman James Howe said.

    Thirteen patients were seriously injured with two people airlifted to the Alfred Hospital and one person taken by ambulance to Frankston Hospital, he said.

    The remaining seriously injured patients would also be ferried to Frankston Hospital.



    No-one had sustained life threatening injuries, Mr Howe said.

    Sightseers are still trapped on chairs dangling above the ground and may have to wait hours before being rescued by emergency workers, an ambulance spokesman said.

    Both adults and children are among those injured.

    Emergency crews are on the scene, with the Country Fire Authority sending four trucks and Ambulance crews working in a 200 metre area between 2 pylons.

    The chairlift is 950 metres long and rises 225 metres above the ground. It can hold up to 80 chairs.

    The ride takes approximately 15 minutes one way, taking in views of Port Phillip Bay as travellers ascend and then descend on their return.

    A spokesman for WorkSafe Victoria said the authority had investigators at the scene.

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