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Rollercoaster Thrillseekers Left Dangling Upside Down

Two unlucky thrillseekers got a bigger fright than they perhaps wanted after their rollercoaster got stuck, leaving them dangling 50ft above the ground for 20 minutes, reports The Daily Mail, London. They had paid to
PTI May 05, 2010 12:25 IST
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Two unlucky thrillseekers got a bigger fright than they perhaps wanted after their rollercoaster got stuck, leaving them dangling 50ft above the ground for 20 minutes, reports The Daily Mail, London.

They had paid to go on the Mumbo Jumbo ride at Flamingo Land theme park in North Yorkshire, which is claimed to be the steepest rollercoaster in the world.

Workers at Flamingo Land free the passengers who got stuck upside on the Mumbo Jumbo ride for 20 minutes



The terrified passengers can be seen hanging upside down on the ride which drops from 100ft up

But their carriage got stranded after a poncho jammed the  mechanism, leaving them upside down before being rescued by theme park staff. Nigel Warburton, of Darlington, County Durham, who was at Flamingo Land for a day out, photographed the incident yesterday.

'There was quite a crowd gathered watching,' he told The Northern Echo. The £4 million ride opened at the park  near Malton last July. It plunges people down an overhang of 112 degrees from a high point of nearly 100ft.

Passengers experience forces in excess of 4Gs - similar to those faced by fighter pilots.




Park executive Elliot Richards told the York Press: 'As a result of these circumstances, Flamingo Land implemented its evacuation and rescue procedure. All five riders were successfully evacuated without injury in quick succession, due to the speedy response of the Flamingo Land operations department.'

Mr Richards said an investigation had not revealed any faults with the ride and the jam had been caused by the item of clothing. The theme park's boss Gordon Gibb last year revealed why the ride is called 'Mumbo Jumbo'.

He said: 'It's meant to be a tongue-in-cheek description, poking fun at the way other theme parks exaggerate their new rides and attractions. We're not talking mumbo jumbo - our new rollercoaster is definitely the real deal.