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Thursday 18 September 2014

Funfair boss apologises after six are trapped on ride

Ciaran Murphy

Published 03/07/2014 | 02:30

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Ann Hoctor and her daughters Shannon and Leah were stuck on the 'chair-o-plane’ ride along with Amanda Brewer and her two daughter's Alisha Brewer and Alisha Timoney. Photo: Noel Browne
Ann Hoctor and her daughters Shannon and Leah were stuck on the 'chair-o-plane’ ride along with Amanda Brewer and her two daughter's Alisha Brewer and Alisha Timoney. Photo: Noel Browne

THE manager of an amusement park has apologised to two women and four children who were stranded on a ride 80 feet above ground.

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Ann Hocter and Amanda Brewer and the children got more than they bargained for when they took a ride on the Chair O'Planes at Tramore Amusement and Leisure Park in Tramore, Co Waterford, on Tuesday evening.

The holidaymakers were trapped after the ride suffered a mechanical fault and was frozen for almost 90 minutes.

The families were critical of the Chair O'Plane's management yesterday because they were not kept informed of what was happening during the ordeal.

Firefighters had to raise a platform attached to a hydraulic arm to free the terrified holidaymakers.

Manager of the park, Frank King, last night said: "I sincerely apologise for the incident."

He admitted that he "can understand the anxiety of them not knowing" at what time they would come down.

The Health and Safety Authority and the gardai are probing the incident.

An engineer certified the Chair O'Plane just two weeks ago, while it is understood the ride will need to be recertified before operating again.

Irish Independent

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