66 People Rescued After Being Stuck on Orlando Ferris Wheel for Hours


A team of firefighters Friday rescued 66 people from The Orlando Eye, a 400-foot observation wheel in the city’s tourist district that broke down for more than three hours.

There were no reports of injuries.

The wheel stopped working about 3:45 p.m. because of a computer malfunction, said Robin Goodchild, general manager of The Orlando Eye. That’s when park officials reverted to a backup generator that slowly moved the ride’s gondolas to the platform, two at a time.

Rescuers then climbed in through a hatch at the top of each gondola, using a special tool to open the doors and help the passengers escape.

The firefighters were prepared for an aerial rescue, but that became unnecessary when the generator kicked in.

Tweets from riders indicated the wheel had been stopping and starting after its initial malfunction.

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SOURCE: Susan Jacobson
Orlando Sentinel

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