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Sunday 22 October 2017

Six rescued as fairground ride breaks 171 ft up

THE fire brigade were forced to rescue six people after an outdoor, high-altitude fairground ride broke down.

Three fire engines were called to the amusements on the promenade at Tramore, Co Waterford, just after 7.40pm yesterday.

The Chair-O-Plane caused panic after it shut down, leaving six people dangling 52m (171ft) off the ground for more than an hour.

The drama unfolded when the fairground ride stopped abruptly.

A rescue operation was immediately launched, involving the fire brigade and local gardai, with the ambulance service placed on standby.

However, their services were not needed, with the last two customers rescued at 8.50pm.

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"It was a 10-year-old and a woman, so I think it was a mother with her daughter," an eyewitness said of the last two people who were brought safely down.

"The promenade came to a standstill and there was a lot of applause when they finally got the last two down. They were all standing around afterwards and seemed fine."

It is understood the chairs were manually lowered by the machine's operators.

lbyrne@herald.ie

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