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Last updated: 09/07/2018, 6:20 PM

Crews rescue people from Southbank fairground ride

31/07/2016 17:55
Southwark
Fire at commercial property

Firefighters rescued 19 people from a fairground ride on the Southbank this evening.
 
Ten hanging capsules on the ride were stuck about 20 metres in the air with six children and 13 adults on board.
 
Station Manager Clive Robinson, who was at the scene said:
 
“Crews used an aerial ladder platform which is a bit like a cherry picker to reach the people and bring them back down. It was slow work as we need to access each cage on the ride individually and ensure they were secure before we move them from the ride onto our platform and bring them back down to the ground. There were no injuries and everyone was patiently waiting for us to get around to them.

"While everyone was very relieved to be back on the ground everyone was very calm."

Crews also worked with the onsite engineer to manually release the ride’s friction break so the ride could turn around and align the pods with the aerial ladder platform.
 
Two fire engines from Lambeth Fire Station and two aerial ladder platforms from Greenwich and Clapham fire stations were are at the scene.

The Brigade was called at 1755 and the incident was over at 2122.