England cricketer in 'terrifying' Cape Town cable car drama

Cape Town's famed Table Mountain cable car lost power and left Danni Wyatt hovering helplessly above the ground

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England's Danni Wyatt. — AFP
England's Danni Wyatt. — AFP

Published: Thu 23 Feb 2023, 6:14 PM

Last updated: Thu 23 Feb 2023, 6:15 PM

England cricketer Danni Wyatt revealed Thursday the "terrifying" moment when Cape Town's famed Table Mountain cable car lost power and left her hovering helplessly above the ground.

Wyatt and her teammates had joined tourists on the ride which sweeps over 1,000m (3,200ft) up to the plateau above the city.

"There were a few technical issues that made me very nervous before we boarded the cable car and then it decided to drop a little bit and swung," said the 31-yeae-old.

"It was a very terrifying experience. I don't think I'll be going up that mountain again anytime soon."

Wyatt, who is in the country taking part in the Women's Twenty20 World Cup, said the system lost power due to load-shedding which can blight the country for up to 10 hours a day.

"I'm not going on that cable car ever again. It's the load shedding, once the electricity goes, that's it," she said.

"Next time. I'll take the stairs."

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway opened in 1929 and carries around 900,000 people a year.


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