A power failure at Chessington World of Adventure meant dozens of children were trapped on rides and waited for hours to be rescued.
According to reports, children aged 8 upwards were trapped on the Rameses’ Revenge ride, which was suspended in midair at a forty degree angle over a lion enclosure.
Approximately 50 people were also stuck on the Safari Skyride monorail, and a group of children were stranded at the top of the Rattlesnake Ride.
Everyone was safely on the ground four hours later courtesy of London Fire Brigade, but the park was shut down for the rest of the day.
The Surrey theme park yesterday released the following statement:
‘At 12.48pm today the Chessington area of Surrey including Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo experienced a major power failure. This affected all areas of the park. All rides were evacuated by 3.22pm using the park’s well rehearsed emergency procedures. The health and safety of our guests is our primary objective at all times at no time were any guests at risk. The reason for this power failure is yet unknown and the park is awaiting further news from the local electrical supply company as to the cause.’