People Left Suspended 25ft In Air For Eight Minutes After Fairground Ride Grinds To A Halt
Dozens of people found themselves stuck upside down on a fairground ride in Russia after it suddenly ground to a halt, leaving them dangling 25ft in the air.
Visitors were seen suspended for eight minutes after a power failure on the ride at a popular amusement park in Nalchik, the capital city of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic.
Many feared they would die, with children screaming as they hung in the air. One mother watching even fainted in terror, according to reports.
Moisey Shamilov, 19, said he was stuck on the ride with girlfriend Lenora, and that the power failure was a 'terrible' experience.
Recalling the ordeal, he said: "We nearly died. Me and Lenora were hanging there for at least eight minutes."
"The guy in charge was pressing the button again and again and nothing happened.
"Lenora was nearly dying there."
Children as young as 10 and 11 were also heard 'screeching and screaming in fear' as they hung upside down, Shamilov added.
Lenora, 19, said: "I was hysterical, crying."
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People on the ride, who had been strapped into their seats, said there were no managers around to help them.
Riders said it took almost 10 minutes to bring them down to safety, leaving many terrified.
However, the park claims there had been a 'quick reaction' to rescue those stranded.
A statement from Park Nalchik said the incident had been caused by 'an electric power supply failure', but riders claimed there were technical problems.
Slamming the amusement park, Shamilov wrote: "Take more care of the safety on your rides. You scared the children who were screeching and screaming in fear."
While those on the ride may have felt scared about what happened, at least they didn't actually fall - unlike one very unlucky woman from the UK.
Jade Harrison, from north Hull, was flung into the air 'like a ragdoll' from a fairground ride, and said afterwards that she was 'lucky to be alive'.
She had to undergo a two-hour operation on her broken jaw, where metal plates were fitted to hold her face together.
Harrison went on to campaign to have the Airmaxx 360 ride she was on scrapped for good.
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