A baby girl is expected to survive after sustaining serious injuries in a 100-foot fall from a cable car. The girl and her parents were taking a cable car intended only for freight use down from the Baerlaui Alp in Switzerland when the vessel began to pitch and sent the family down onto the rocks below. Her mother, 31, and father, 38, did not survive.
Rescuers on the scene heard wails from the bushes and found the one-year-old alive inside a carrier rucksack, which they believed saved the baby’s life. “The rucksack cushioned the fall,” said a rescue services spokesperson. “Otherwise, she would be dead too.”
An investigation is now being launched into why the family was allowed to take a freight-only cable car down from the mountain. One arrest, believed to be the mountain worker who allowed them passage on the car, has been made.
The baby is recovering at a nearby hospital where doctors and nurses have nicknamed her Eidelweiss, after the hardy mountain flower.