People forced to climb down Blackpool's iconic rollercoaster after it breaks down

Thrill-seekers were made to walk down from the top of Blackpool's iconic 'Big One' rollercoaster this afternoon after a 'stoppage'.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 8:43 am

Videos and images shared across social media showed visitors at Blackpool Pleasure Beach having to walk down steps at the side of the Big One this afternoon, April 25.

They were forced to walk down from the top of one of the UK's tallest rollercoasters, which is 200 feet high, after becoming stranded at around 11.30 am today.

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It is thought the staff at the popular theme park had to stop the ride before guiding visitors to safety.

They had been on the long incline of track travelling up to the top of the rollercoaster when it came to a halt.

Images of the rescue have been shared on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.

One shocked user commented: "Think I would have been really scared. Then it was sent round the track empty a few times then we walked home bit of excitement. All worked out ok."

It is thought the ride came to a halt at around 12 pm today. Photo: Jon Walsh
It is thought the ride came to a halt at around 12 pm today. Photo: Jon Walsh

Others commented that they would need to be "removed with a crane" and "would be screaming".

The ride, which was built at a cost of £12million first opened in 1994, was then hailed the tallest and steepest roller coaster in the world, and is still the largest in the UK.

A spokesperson for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: “At 11.30 am on Sunday 25th April a stoppage occurred on the Big One lift hill.

"The decision was taken to stop the ride and all riders were safely escorted down the lift hill.

People were forced to walk down the side of the rollercoaster

"The ride was checked and re-opened at approximately 1.00 pm”

The ride is 200ft high. Photo: Jon Walsh