Visitors of the Six Flags theme park of Lake George, New York were shocked to see a 14-year-old girl hanging from the Sky Ride gondola 25 feet above the ground.
Howard says he stood under the girl and promised he’d catch her.
Though the Post-Star reports police as of Monday morning hadn’t interviewed the DE girl or her brother, who accompanied her on the ride, they believe “human error” is to blame.
Safety concerns linger in the minds of those who witnessed the girl’s fall and the incredible catch by a dozen amusement park visitors on the ground. “I said, ‘What, you didn’t trust me?’ She said, ‘No!’”
Spiegel said the gondola isn’t something a person could simply slip out of, but if a rider chose to circumvent safety regulations, it was possible.
A 14-year-old girl fell out of a ride at Six Flags Great Escape.
“I couldn’t let that little girl die”, Howard told The Associated Press.
According to the park website, the ride has no height requirement.
“I said: ‘It’s ‘OK!” I mean, you understand that somebody falling from 35 feet in the air could cause damage to you or whoever you’re catching her with, but it’s better off to suffer a minor injury and save someone from a serious injury.
“God put us in the right place at the right time“.
When Park personnel stopped the ride, one man climbed a nearby tree so he could move the branches out of the girl’s path.
Hansen said even though the park had permission to re-open the ride, park officials kept it closed “out of an abundance of caution”. “We are reviewing our internal procedures to ensure the safety and security of our guests and team members”.
The park conducted a full investigation and safety inspection of the ride, and found that it was in flawless working order.