December 4, 2021, 9:43

    Terrified Blackpool thrillseekers stuck 260ft in air as Europe’s tallest ride breaks down

    Terrified Blackpool thrillseekers stuck 260ft in air as Europe’s tallest ride breaks down

    This video captures the moment when thrill-seekers were left stranded after Europe's tallest mobile ride broke down just hours after opening.

    Photographer Philip Bailey videoed the point when dozens of people found themselves dangling from the 260ft-high Star Flyer ride, which stopped working on Sunday.

    It is thought the occupants of the ride's spinning carousel were stuck for around eight minutes before they were lowered down to safety in Blackpool, Lancs.

    Speaking on the clip, Philip can be heard giving a running commentary as the worrying event unfolded.

    He said: “I’m out here doing a little bit of photography of the ride that’s on the promenade, but it looks like the power has just gone out.

    Photographer Philip Bailey videoed the point when dozens of people found themselves dangling from the 260ft-high Star Flyer ride
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    “Pretty glad I didn’t go on there now. All these people have just been left hanging.

    He added: “We will see how long it takes for the power to come back – or if it does.

    Looks like there’s a fuse gone or something.

    “Don’t know how they’re going to get people down, there must be some safety mechanism or something – a break, I would have thought."

    Speaking on the clip, Philip can be heard giving a running commentary as the worrying event unfolded
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    Despite commiserating with the stricken passengers on the ride, Philip also made light of their situation as time went on.

    He said: “Can think of better places to be on a Sunday night. Just left hanging around.

    “I think they need to put 50p in the meter”

    “If you are afraid of heights, and you were stuck up there right now, you wouldn’t be very happy."

    The huge ride, around half the size of the Blackpool Tower, had only opened on Sunday morning to the public
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    The huge ride, around half the size of the Blackpool Tower, had only opened on Sunday morning to the public.

    It came to Blackpool as the star attraction for the Winter Gardens Wonderland Festival and was originally due to be located on St John's Square.

    But council chiefs insisted it be dismantled and moved to the promenade because it was too big to be operate safely in the town centre.

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    Sourse: mirror.co.uk

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