Terrified thrill-seekers were trapped 50ft up in the air for two hours after a rollercoaster stopped when it started RAINING.
Firefighters had to cut one injured man free from the ‘Wipeout’ roller-coaster after it stopped mid-air at the Pleasurewood Hills theme park in Lowestoft yesterday afternoon.
Henry Turner, who was on the ride with his wife, daughter and two nephews, said he was later told the ride had suddenly stopped when the safety features ‘kicked in because of the rain’.
He said one girl was ‘crying hysterically’ but they were eventually lowered so they could all get off apart from a man in his forties who had to be cut free.
Henry said: “The ride had completed the first half and had reached the peak for the second descent.
“Instead of descending everything stopped and we were left facing upwards.”
An onlooker said “About four fire trucks suddenly arrived and some people had been stuck on the ride for two hours.
“We heard the man they had to bring down had been suffering from back pains.”
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service shared a photo of a fireman using a cherry picker to help free the injured man.
The caption said “Working with Norfolk fire and East England Ambulance at Suffolk theme park to rescue man from carriage many thanks to Pleasurewood Hills for support.”
They added “Great team effort including Combined Fire Control for intelligent mobilising to this unusual incident.”
The fire crews battled for an hour and a half with theme park staff after the rollercoaster suddenly stopped during heavy rain.
Thrill-seekers were trapped in their seats, facing up to the sky, when the Wipeout ride halted without warning.
Five fire crews, with a high-rise ladder platform from Great Yarmouth, raced to the scene after being alerted to a ‘rescue from height’.
Firefighters and theme park staff battled to bring the ride down so they could get into a position to rescue the man.
Mobile cutting machines were also used by firefighters to cut away part of the car to enable the patient to be taken away by stretcher.
Group Commander Ali Moseley from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said the rescue operation took about an hour and a half from 3.50pm when they were called.
He said “I understand the incident commander when they arrived were working with the staff who did a really good job in getting the rollercoaster down to a lower platform.
“The car was still about three metres off the ground but in a far better position in terms of trying to reach him.
Mr Moseley said they ‘did well’ in helping to make it much easier and quicker to reach the injured man.
“We did have to use cutting gear to make space to get the casualty into a position where he could be put in a stretcher safely.”
People stranded upside down on stalled ride at Drayton Manor theme park where a child was killed weeks ago
A spokesman from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust said they were called at 3.46pm to a man who was stuck on a ride due to the back pain.
“We sent a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew and treated a man, believed to be in his 40s.
“He was taken to the James Paget University Hospital for further care.”
The spokesman said the man’s condition was not believed to be life threatening.
Ambulance crews left the scene at about 5.30pm.
Pleasurewood Hills declined to comment.
On Twitter at 5.11pm, @bryonydaviesxo said people had been ‘stuck on the ride’ for two hours.
An investigation into the drama is set to be launched today.