Ride passengers stuck at Porthcawl’s Coney Beach

A south Wales funfair has apologised after several people were left stranded in the air when a thrill ride broke down.

The riders on the Miami Madness attraction at Coney Beach in Porthcawl were stuck for about 40 minutes, say operators.

Firefighters were called to the scene while fairground engineers worked to free the passengers.

The fairground said the ride halted after safety systems kicked in.

“Our maintenance staff were able to bring the ride down safely after about 40 minutes,” said the Coney Beach operators in a statement.

“We would like to thank the local fire brigade for attending following a call to them from a concerned guest but they were not needed on this occasion although their support was very much appreciated.”

Miami Madness ride, Porthcawl

Riders were stuck for at least an hour on the ride

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to the fairground at Porthcawl’s Eastern Promenade at 18:30 BST on Sunday.

Firefighters from Porthcawl, Barry, Malpas in Newport, and Cardiff attended, before being stood down at 19.20.

The fairground operators added: “The safety systems on the ride which were activated by the automatic shut down meant it took longer than we would have liked to locate the fault before we were able to bring the ride back to its parking position.

“We would like to thank the customers for their patience. Coney Beach holds paramount the safety of its customers.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-32377408