Probe underway after six trapped on Tramore amusement park ride

(Picture: Noel Browne Photography)

An investigation is underway into how six people got stuck 50ft above the ground on a fairground ride in Co Waterford last night after a mechanical fault.

Members of the fire service were called to the scene in Tramore Amusement Park shortly after 7.30pm, following reports that the 'Chair-o- plane' ride malfunctioned.

Emergency services from Waterford and Tramore managed to rescue the six with a tiller ladder.

(Picture: Noel Browne Photography)

"We mobilised Tramore Fire Brigade to the amusement park in Tramore," said Niall Curtin, Chief Fire Officer in Waterford.

"Two adults and two children were stuck approximately 50ft above the ground.

"At that stage we call in a high-reach appliance from Waterford City and once it was positioned we were able to bring all six, two at a time, safely to the ground and hand them over to the ambulance service."

All were traumatised but safe and glad to be back down at ground level.

(Picture: Noel Browne Photography)

The six people were named as Ann Hoctor and her daughters Shannon and Leah, who were down from Dublin for a two-day holiday, along with Amanda Brewer and her two daughters Aleesha Brewer and Alisha Timoney who are from Shrinone, Co.Offaly.

All six were staying at Fitzmaurice's Caravan & Camping Park in Tramore.

(Picture: Noel Browne Photography)

The Health and Safety Authority has been notified.

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