22 People Stuck in a Roller Coaster Ride Successfully Rescued by Authorities in Arizona
Officials from the Phoenix Fire Department rescued all the 22 helpless riders who got stuck on the roller coaster at the Arizona amusement park.
The Technical Rescue team have successfully rescued all the 22 riders off the roller coaster at Castles N' Coasters in Phoenix after the ride was stuck at about 20 feet above the ground.
In a couple of tweets, the Phoenix Fire Department confirmed to have deployed the rescue team to Arizona amusement park, and they were able to save all riders onboard.
According to the authorities, the passengers were lowered from the ride with a High Angle Belay System with no casualty report. Even though the cause is unknown, the rescue team disassembled their equipment as they set to return to their offices.
Staff from the amusement park informed the ride will not be available for use anytime soon. Speaking on their ordeal, a family identified as the Almarez narrated it was scary due to their sitting position while onboard.
Technical Rescue Teams are currently at Castles N’ Coasters for a stalled roller coaster approximately 20 feet up with approximately 22 people on board. pic.twitter.com/TzRGzedjyI— Phoenix Fire Dept. (@PHXFire) May 16, 2021
They were reportedly stuck for two hours. The family recalled being afraid because they were sitting at the edge. Again, they were the last set of passengers to be rescued. And some of the kids were helpless.
The victims, who sustained minor injuries, were revealed to have engaged on the Wild River Rafting ride.
Firefighters are currently lowering the riders off the coaster using a High Angle Belay System. pic.twitter.com/h9dHgy49iE— Phoenix Fire Dept. (@PHXFire) May 16, 2021
Christian Almarez described how the rescue team strapped on a 30-foot ladder to get them to the ground. While another member of the family, Christopher, recounts reaching out to a child onboard.
He mentioned trying to help the little girl when he noticed she could not hold herself as they waited for their turn to be lowered to the ground.
All riders are safely off the roller coaster. Crews will be disassembling their rescue equipment and will be returning to service. Staff from Castles N’ Coasters state the the ride will be unavailable for and unknown amount of time. pic.twitter.com/jfmbhqF7Pa— Phoenix Fire Dept. (@PHXFire) May 16, 2021
However, despite the terrifying experience, the Almarez family expressed how they can not wait to ride on a roller coaster anytime soon.
Another report similar to this event recorded four people injured in a water accident at the West Midland Safari park. An eyewitness confirmed seeing a boat with people turned upside down.
The victims, who sustained minor injuries, were revealed to have engaged on the Wild River Rafting ride. Recreation park owners are advised to take precautionary measures and proper checks on their facilities to curtail such occurrences.