- An 11-year-old girl was seen hanging from a Ferris wheel at an exhibition center in Brazil.
- She fell seven meters after her hand slipped and hit a metal structure.
- The safety lock on her trigger seemed unlocked while she was shooting
An 11-year-old girl was left dangling from a Ferris wheel after a suspected malfunction caused her to fall from her seat.
The terror struck when a safety lock on the seat she and her friend were in allegedly unlocked while the ride was traveling through an exhibition center in Rio Preto da Eva, Brazil.
The alleged defect caused the seat to tip, causing the girl and her 13-year-old friend to fall.
The young girl fell more than seven meters and hit the ground with a thud, while the youngest managed to catch her with her hands.
Footage filmed by visitors to the fair shows how it remains suspended above the ground as people below look on in horror.
The girl held on as the Ferris wheel continued to spin at the fairgrounds in Rio Preto da Eva, Brazil.
She was hanging seven meters from the ground after her seat malfunctioned.
She was seen hitting an apparently metal structure during her dangerous fall.
As the ride creaks, she eventually loses her grip and falls to the ground as high-pitched screams are heard.
It can be seen hitting an apparently metal structure as it descends on the night of October 31.
The other girl’s father, Raimundo Claudinei, was sitting in another seat with his younger daughter when the malfunction occurred.
He told local media: “We had done about five turns of the wheel and I realized something was wrong.
“That’s when I looked and saw my daughter already hanging upside down.
The gathered crowd screamed as the 11-year-old girl fell from her faulty seat.
The girls’ families plan to take legal action in response to the near-fatal incident.
“And when I looked again, she was already hanging and fell. As I held my seven-year-old daughter in my arms, I didn’t know what I could do.
After the girls dived, paramedics provided first aid to both girls on scene.
Both were then taken to a local hospital before being transferred to a larger facility in Manaus, about 35 miles away.
The eldest daughter was still in the hospital with injuries to her pelvic area.
Her family said she is still waiting for tests.
The youngest daughter has already been released.
Raimundo recalled how the Ferris wheel was extremely dangerous, with only a piece of rope separating riders from a terrifying fall.
The amusement park has since been closed by authorities and the incident has been reported to the police.
Raimundo said he plans to sue the venue when his daughter is recovered.
He told local media: “I will wait until she comes home and then take appropriate action with the relevant authorities.”
The girl’s family is also considering taking legal action, local media report.