Blackpool Pleasure Beach rollercoaster evacuated as visitors have to climb down

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Theme park visitors at Blackpool Pleasure Beach were forced to climb down from the top of the iconic Big One rollercoaster after it broke down mid-ride.

Park staff had to scale the massive rollercoaster, which is the UK's tallest at a whopping 65m high, before tentatively guiding nervous visitors to safety by making them walk down, LancsLive reports.

Images of the rescue have been shared on social media.

One person wrote on social media: "OMG. Big one stopped right at top today 12ish and the staff had to walk every one down safely. Well done

"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."

Another commented: "My brother’s in Blackpool and just sent a video of people stuck at the top of the Big One and having to walk down to get off it. I’d be welded to my seat. They’d have to get me out with a crane."

A third person wrote: "Walking people down the Big One in Blackpool. At least they will get their steps done today."

Another added: "Can you Imagine if I was stuck on the big one, I think I'd be screaming."

When the £12m ride, formerly known as the Pepsi Max, opened in 1994, it was the tallest and steepest roller coaster in the world.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach reopened on April 12 as part of the easing of lockdown measures.

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