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Thursday 31 July 2014

Left hanging... Six get stuck on chair-o-plane

Mark O'Regan

Published 02/07/2014|02:30

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THEY signed up for a thrill – but the adults and children got a little more than they bargained for when they climbed aboard a chair-o-plane at an amusement park yesterday evening.

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The six people on board, believed to be two mums and their four children, were left dangling 52m (171ft) off the ground for almost an hour and a half after the contraption shut down.

The drama unfolded at around 7.30pm yesterday at Tramore Amusement Park in Co Waterford.

Two women and four children – who were reportedly from Co Tyrone – were on the ride when it stopped.

The families were stuck around 52 metres from the ground for an estimated 80 minutes.

A rescue operation was immediately launched. Gardai and two ambulances were called but their services were not needed.

The last two 'passengers' were brought down to ground at 8.50pm.

"It was a 10-year-old and a woman, so I think it was a mother with her daughter," an eyewitness told the Irish Independent.

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