30 people rescued when Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s 62m Grand National roller coaster breaks down

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A 5-year-old boy is one of 30 people rescued as Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s 85-year-old Grand National roller coaster breaks down

  • Thrill-seekers stranded 50 feet after Grand National ride stopped working
  • Wooden two-track roller coaster built at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 1935
  • Around the same time, the UK’s highest ride, Big One, was stopped for a while

A five-year-old boy was among 30 rescued after an 85-year-old roller coaster broke down at a popular tourist hotspot.

Built in 1935, the wooden Grand National two-track attraction on Blackpool Pleasure Beach broke down in the afternoon, leaving thrill-seekers more than 15 meters above the ground.

The staff at the popular attraction had to climb the ride, which is 62 feet high, to guide nervous adrenaline junkies back to the ground.

The two-track wooden Grand National attraction at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (above), built in 1935, broke down in the afternoon, leaving thrill-seekers more than 15 meters above the ground

The two-track wooden Grand National attraction at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (above), built in 1935, broke down in the afternoon, leaving thrill-seekers more than 15 meters above the ground

Steve Ely, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, tweeted a photo of the stuck ride, criticizing the Pleasure Beach

Around the same time, the UK’s tallest roller coaster in the same theme park, Big One, also had a temporary hiatus, but riders were able to remain seated and the ride continued five minutes later.

Steve Ely, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, on the Grand National ride with his two children, tweeted a photo of the ride stuck on top of a ramp in the roller coaster.

He also criticized Pleasure Beach, saying that all customers were given a bottle of water and tickets that could not be used as compensation.

An eyewitness waiting for the ride said his children were “devastated” when the ride was stopped while the problem was being resolved.

A spokesperson for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: ‘Tuesday 1 June at 11.55 am there was a stoppage on the lift hill of the Grand National.

The staff of the popular attraction had to climb the ride, which is 62 feet high, to guide nervous adrenaline junkies back to the ground

The staff of the popular attraction had to climb the ride, which is 62 feet high, to guide nervous adrenaline junkies back to the ground

The staff of the popular attraction had to climb the ride, which is 62 feet high, to guide nervous adrenaline junkies back to the ground

All riders were safely escorted down the lift hill and the ride was checked and reopened just before 1pm.

“Shortly after that there was a very brief stoppage on the Big One lift hill, at 50 feet the riders stalled and the ride continued after five minutes.”

Passengers were carefully escorted to the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in April after the ride broke down en route to the track's 200 ft peak

Passengers were carefully escorted to The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in April after the ride broke down en route to the track's 200ft peak

Passengers were carefully escorted to the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in April after the ride broke down en route to the track’s 200 ft peak

In April, riders on the UK’s tallest roller coaster had to be escorted down after the amusement ride broke down.

Adrenaline junkies found themselves stranded on Sunday April 25 at the highest point of the 213ft Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

The video below from the park shows park staff having to climb the roller coaster before gently guiding nervous visitors to safety by walking them down.

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