Thursday 25 December 2014

Six people stuck on a Waterford amusement ride 52 metres up for two hours

Published 01/07/2014 | 21:33

A HIGH RISE, outdoor chair-o-plane caused panic after it shut down this evening, leaving six people dangling 52m (171ft) off the ground for over two hours.

The drama unfolded at approximately 7.30pm when the fairground ride at Tramore Amusement Park stopped abruptly.

Two mothers and four children from Tyrone were on the ride when it became stuck at around 7.30pm this evening.

The families were stuck around 52 metres from the ground for almost two hours.

The Chairoplane stuck in Tramore Amusement Pk this evening, rescue services on the scene Picture: Geoff Harris @geoffwlr

"The ride seemed to be get stuck midway through its cycle," said eyewitness Liz Reddy of WLR FM.

"When the operator couldn't get it back down, emergency services were called to the scene."

An amusement park ride Tramore where passengers were stuck on 1/7/20104 Pic: Lucy Aughney Twitter
An amusement park ride Tramore where passengers were stuck on 1/7/20104 Pic: Lucy Aughney Twitter

The rescue operation was immediately launched, involving two ambulances and local gardai, with the ambulance service placed on standby.

However, their services were not needed, with the last two patrons rescued 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 independent.ie

"The promenade came to a standstill and there was a lot of applause when they finally got the last two down.

A picture of the scene in Tramore this evening. Picture Michael Byrne Twitter (MichaelTByrne)

"They were all standing around afterwards and seemed fine. Surprisingly, it was all very calm and seemed under control."

It is understood the chairs were manually lowered by the machine's operators.

An amusement park ride Tramore where passengers were stuck on 1/7/20104 Pic: Lucy Aughney Twitter
An amusement park ride Tramore where passengers were stuck on 1/7/20104 Pic: Lucy Aughney Twitter

The amusement park remained open this evening.

The Chairoplane stuck in Tramore Amusement Pk this evening, rescue services on the scene Picture: Geoff Harris @geoffwlr

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