Tuesday 21 May 2019

Up to 20 people rescued from Big Wheel in Galway Christmas market

The scene in Galway this evening. Image via Darragh Devlin
The scene in Galway this evening. Image via Darragh Devlin

Caroline Crawford

UP to 20 people had to be rescued from the Big Wheel in Galway this evening after becoming trapped on the amusement ride.

The wheel was part of the Christmas market in Eyre Square. A large number of people had turned out for the opening of the market this evening when the incident occurred.

The wheel is understood to have broken down just after 6pm this evening, shortly after the Christmas market was opened.

Emergency services were called and were forced to use a cherry picker to rescue those trapped in the compartments.

Everyone taken from the Big Wheel was assessed by paramedics after their ordeal.

It's understood no one was injured in the event. 

Local councillor Padraig Conneely said he initially believed the wheel had stopped on purpose but it soon became apparent that something had gone wrong.

"There were a lot of people on it when it stopped. I'm sure it was very frightening for people having to be rescued by a cherry picker.

"A lot of those trapped are shaken by what occurred," he said.

He is now calling on the Big Wheel to cease all future operations until an investigation is carried out.

The Big Wheel has 24 cabins.

Staff ratcheted the wheel to take people out of the cabs at ground level in an operation that took two and half hours.


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