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Grandmother with a fear of heights left stranded 35 feet in air on ferris wheel with grandchild

Published 24/09/2016 | 11:56

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service undated handout photo of firefighter Mark Hair with Jack Whitmore at Southsea Fire Station whose grandmother, Frances Crouch, with a fear of heights has thanked the
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service undated handout photo of firefighter Mark Hair with Jack Whitmore at Southsea Fire Station whose grandmother, Frances Crouch, with a fear of heights has thanked the "amazing" firefighters who rescued her and her grandson from a broken-down ferris wheel which left the pair stranded 35ft in the air

A grandmother with a fear of heights has thanked the "amazing" firefighters who rescued her and her grandson from a broken-down ferris wheel which left the pair stranded 35ft in the air.

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Frances Crouch, 53, and six-year-old Jack Whitmore were stuck for more than an hour in a pod at the top of the Solent Wheel at Clarence Pier, Southsea, Portsmouth, on Monday September 19 before crews could free them.

After the rescue, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service invited the pair to visit them at Southsea Fire Station where Jack got to dress up in kit and sit in a real fire engine.

Ms Crouch, from Gosport, said: "I didn't really want to go on the ride but I let Jack talk me into it.

"It was terrifying stuck up there - particularly as my grandson was with me, so I was worried about his safety.

"My biggest fear was that we would have to come down on a giant ladder but the firefighters called me on my mobile phone and reassured me that they were going to get us out and that I would not have to climb down a ladder.

"They were just amazing. They did a fantastic job both in reassuring me and the rescue. It is great to know there are people like that out there when things go wrong."

Crews from Southsea, Cosham and St Mary's helped the pair down with the aerial ladder platform.

Crew manager Richard Furse said: "We went up and opened the pod manually. It was quite straightforward for us.

"We didn't really get the chance to talk to the lady after the rescue, so it was great to see her again at the station.

"We could see the little boy was smiling and seemed to be having a great time during the rescue."

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