South Bank fairground: Nineteen rescued from Starflyer travel – BBC News

Media captionLondon Fire Brigade’s Clive Robinson explains how the 19 beings were rescued

Fire gangs have rescued 19 parties – six of them children – who were suspended in a fairground razz 20 metres( 65 ft) above London’s South Bank.

Some spent more than three hours captured in the ride’s enclosures on Sunday.

Dan Northover, who was on the go with his young daughter, said it was “very unnerving” when the Starflyer stopped unexpectedly as it was descending.

London Wonderground, where the ride is based, said it was investigating whether it was a “technical fault”.

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Image caption The move is being investigated for a ‘technical fault’
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Image caption ‘Cherry picker’ ladders were used to reach people who were stuck on the journey

Mr Northover, who was with his daughter Willow, told you he realised something was wrong when “some guys started clambering up a ladder … and then we had an hour of them slamming with hammers”.

He said “there were two children in the pod behind us who were crying” and the salvage was retarded because burn crews had difficulty accessing the area.

Two fire engine and two “cherry picker” ladders were sent to the scene.

Clive Robinson, from London Fire Brigade, said: “It was slow make as we needed to access each cage on the move individually.”

“While everyone was very relieved to be back on the dirt, everyone had been very calm, ” he said.

The brigade, which had been called shortly before 18:00 GMT, said there were no injuries.

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Image caption London Fire Brigade said it was ‘slow work’ to rescue everyone
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Image caption Some people were captured for more than three hours

The Starflyer fairground ride, part of the Southbank’s Centre’s London Wonderground playground, accepts 60 metres( 65 grounds) high and has capsules that swing around a central pillar.

London Wonderground tweeted on Sunday: “This evening the Starflyer which shares our place knowledge a technological faulting.

“Everyone on the move has been evacuated safely and the company who cope the move for Southbank Centre are probing the fault.”

The Southbank Centre said it was grateful to firefighters for facilitating those trapped, adding: “We will work with the owners of the go to probe the cause of the fault”.

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Image caption The ride will remain shut as investigations prolong why the travel got stuck

The ride will remain shut while investigations continue into why the razz is stuck, the centre said.

The Starflyer ride has featured at London Wonderground in previous years and has also appeared at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

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