Cable Car Rescue

Nearly 70 people aboard two cable cars left dangling above New York's East River are safe this morning.

Police responding to the incident last night mounted a daring midair rescue.

Passengers were plucked from the stranded cars using a diesel-powered rescue gondola capable of holding about ten people at a time.

There were no reported injuries.

At least a dozen of those stranded were school-age children or babies.

City officials say a power surge brought both cable cars to a halt at about 5:15 p.m.