Firefighters had to use an aerial ladder to rescue 19 people trapped nearly 70ft up on a fairground ride on London’s Southbank.Ten hanging capsules on the attraction became stuck midair, stranding 19 adults and children on Sunday evening. Rescuers used an aerial ladder platform, similar to a cherry picker, to reach the people and bring them safely back down.
It is understood no one was injured in the incident and the passengers were said to be waiting patiently to be helped down. Fire crews had to work with the on-site engineer to manually release the ride’s ‘friction break’ so it could be turned around and the pods lined up with the aerial ladder platform.
Station manager Clive Robinson, who attended the scene, said: “Crews are using an aerial ladder platform which is a bit like a cherry picker to reach the people and bring them back down.“It’s slow work as we need to access each cage on the ride individually and ensure they are secure before we move them from the ride onto our platform and bring them back down to the ground. There are no injuries and everyone is patiently waiting for us to get around to them.”