UK News Trapped passengers airlifted from Weymouth tower

00:45  06 september  2017
00:45  06 september  2017 Source:   news.sky.com

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Thirteen people have been airlifted to safety after getting trapped in a 174ft-high moving observation tower.

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A man who got trapped up a 53m-high (174ft) viewing tower for more than seven hours along with 13 other people has described his ordeal. Image copyright Weymouth Fire Station. Image caption Fire crews abseiled to the stranded passengers in the capsule.

Thirteen people have been rescued after they became trapped in the gondola of the Jurassic Skyline tower in Weymouth . After all passengers were safely returned to the ground, Jurassic Skyline’s operator said: “A full investigation into the cause of the stoppage is under way.

Firefighters were called to the Jurassic Skyline tower in Weymouth at 4.10pm on Tuesday after the tourist attraction stopped during its descent.

The tower's operator said it came to a halt "due to a mechanical fault" and engineers failed to restart the gondola.

The tower’s operator said it came to a halt 'due to a mechanical fault'. Pic: @TymnPix © Other The tower’s operator said it came to a halt 'due to a mechanical fault'. Pic: @TymnPix

Firefighters ascended the tower to reassure the 11 members of the public and two staff members on board, while emergency workers discussed how to safely evacuate them.

After discarding a number of options "on the grounds of safety due to the inclement weather", a Coastguard helicopter began to winch passengers to safety at 7.30pm.

Footage of the rescue appeared to show that the gondola got stuck around a third of the way down from the top of the tower.

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A DRAMATIC rescue saw 13 people being winched to safety after becoming trapped 174ft in the air on a popular tourist attraction in Weymouth . Video footage captured 11 members of the public and two staff members being rescued from the Jurassic Skyline tower , which gives 360-degree views of the

A Coastguard helicopter winched 13 people to safety after they became trapped on the Jurassic Skyline tower in Weymouth , Dorset, on Tuesday, September 5. Jurassic Skyline, which operates the 174ft viewing platform overlooking Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Two staff members and 11 visitors were trapped in the gondola. Pic: Janet Kirkpatrick © Other Two staff members and 11 visitors were trapped in the gondola. Pic: Janet Kirkpatrick

The attraction offers 360 degree panoramic views of Weymouth, Portland and the Jurassic Coast.

A website for Jurassic Skyline says it is "a great value viewing tower...ideal for families and people of all ages".

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