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Moment terrified thrill-seekers climb 200ft down Big One after ride breaks down

This is the moment terrified thrill-seekers were forced to climb 200ft down from a world famous roller coaster after the ride broke down mid-air.

The Big One – previously known as The Pepsi Max – at Blackpool Pleasure Beach screeched to a halt near its 213ft peak yesterday afternoon due to a suspected mechanical failure.

Two girls filmed the hair-raising journey from the top of the ride as they clambered down the tracks buffeted by strong winds.

Footage posted on TikTok captures the pair giggling nervously as they made the terrifying descent.

Park staff were forced to scale the ride before tentatively guiding visitors to safety by making them walk down.

Photos of the rescue showed a 65m set of stairs which allowed passengers to reach the ground, LancsLive reported.

Big One Blackpool
A suspected technical failure plunged the park into chaos yesterday with staff forced to scale the ride and guide passengers down

A social media user wrote yesterday: “OMG. Big one stopped right at top today 12ish and the staff had to walk every one down safely. Well done.

“Think I would have been really scared. Then it was sent round the track empty a few times then we walked home bit of excitement. All worked out ok.”

Another commented: “My brother’s in Blackpool and just sent a video of people stuck at the top of the Big One and having to walk down to get off it.

Big One ride breaks down
Passengers were forced to step down from the ride after it stopped mid-air

Big One ride breaks down
Two girls filmed the ordeal and posted it on TikTok

“I’d be welded to my seat. They’d have to get me out with a crane.”

A third person said: “Walking people down the Big One in Blackpool. At least they will get their steps done today.”

Another added: “Can you Imagine if I was stuck on the big one, I think I’d be screaming.”

Big One in Blackpool
When the ride launched in 1994 it was the steepest in the world

When the £12m ride, formerly known as the Pepsi Max, opened in 1994, it was the tallest and steepest roller coaster in the world.

The incident comes two weeks after Blackpool Pleasure Beach reopened as part of the easing of lockdown measures.

A Spokesperson from Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: “At 11.30am on Sunday 25th April a stoppage occurred on the Big One lift hill.

“The decision was taken to stop the ride and all riders were safely escorted down the lift hill. The ride was checked and re-opened at approximately 1.00pm.”



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