Six children trapped for three hours after fairground ride stopped

Firefighters cheered by crowd as they rescue 19 from a stuck fairground ride. © London Fire Brigade / Twitter
Firefighters cheered by crowd as they rescue 19 from a stuck fairground ride. © London Fire Brigade / Twitter

19 people including six children had to be rescued from a fairground on Sunday evening after it stopped working – while they were 66ft above London’s South Bank.

Ten hanging capsules on the ride were stuck about 20 metres in the air with six children and 13 adults on board.

Firefighters were called to the scene but it took them three hours to free all the passengers.

Station Manager Clive Robinson said: “Crews used an aerial ladder platform which is a bit like a cherry picker to reach the people and bring them back down. It was slow work as we need to access each cage on the ride individually and ensure they were secure before we move them from the ride onto our platform and bring them back down to the ground. There were no injuries and everyone was patiently waiting for us to get around to them.

It is not known why the Starflyer ride stopped working, but thankfully no one was injured and everyone involved was “very calm”.

 

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