UK's tallest roller coaster stops near top forcing riders to climb down 65 meters

UK's tallest roller coaster stops near top forcing riders to climb down 65 meters
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Thrillseekers in the UK got more than they anticipated when they were forced to climb down the country's tallest ride over the weekend. 

The Big One in Blackpool, England stopped on ascent near its top on April 25 (local time), forcing riders to climb down 65m to the bottom, Lancashire Live reported. 

When the ride opened in 1994, it was the tallest and steepest roller coaster in the world. The cost of construction was just over NZ$23 million.

Amusement park staff rescued the visitors by carefully guiding them down after they had to scale the roller coaster. 

People on social media shared images and videos of the horrifying moment. 

One person on social media commented: "OMG. Big One stopped right at top today 12ish and the staff had to walk everyone down safely. Well done," Lancashire Live reported.

"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," another person commented.

A third person said: "Walking people down the Big One in Blackpool. At least they will get their steps done today," according to the outlet. 

A Blackpool Pleasure Beach spokesperson told The Mirror all visitors on the ride were rescued. 

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

The amusement park reopened earlier in April after the country eased strict lockdown measures. 

The Big One problem comes less than a year after 13 SeaWorld visitors in Texas had to be rescued from a nearly 20m high roller coaster using a cherry picker.