LONDON, England – Thirty-nine people spent two hours trapped in mid-air after a theme park ride suffered a mechanical failure. Riders, including 25 children, were rescued by fire crews around 7:30 p.m. after they had been strapped into their seats around 4 p.m.
People at the Ramses Revenge ride at Chessington World of Adventures had to be freed from their harnesses with special cutting equipment by the London Fire Brigade as they were 20ft above the ground. Staff handed the trapped passengers sunscreen and water as the rescue operations went on. All passengers were rescued by 7:30 p.m.
A mother whose daughter was rescued from the ride told Sky News: “They have been sending up water and sun cream to them because it was rather hot initially. They are taking children down first. They were on the ride for 90 minutes before the fire and rescue service came out to them. I think they are all in a little personal discomfort. I hear some people are in a bit of distress now.”