Acrobat saves teen from falling off Ferris wheel

Posted Thursday, June 10, 2004 10:26 AM | Contributed by supermandl

An acrobat at Groena Lund amusement park in Stockholm had stepped out of an attraction Wednesday and saw a 16-year-old boy holding tight to the gondola of the Ferris wheel. He had somehow fallen out of the passenger compartment and was hanging 30 feet above the ground. A trained acrobat, he scaled the Ferris wheel, reached the teenager and pushed him back inside the gondola car.

Read more from AP via USA Today.

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Thursday, June 10, 2004 11:10 AM
This sounds like a better movie than that one that they are shooting at Cedar Point. The devil costume doesn't sound too believable though.
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Thursday, June 10, 2004 12:49 PM

"He was a devil of a hero," Robert Mesterton, Groena Lund's chief executive told The Associated Press on Thursday.
I just vomited all over my shoes.

Nice to hear some good news, though.

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Thursday, June 10, 2004 2:30 PM
Wow this sounds like a scene in Berverly Hills Cop 3. Except that was with a double ferris wheel I think...
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Thursday, June 10, 2004 2:56 PM
^ Close enough. It was an Intamin Tripe Ferris Wheel. The now defunct Triple Wheel at Paramount's Great America to be exact.

Glad he was rescued, I didn't wanna read about ANOTHER amusement park death.*** This post was edited by MilleniumForce6279 6/10/2004 2:56:53 PM ***

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Thursday, June 10, 2004 3:03 PM
Glad he was rescued too. But, if he had fallen, more than likely, it wouldn't have been anything serious.

As a rock climber, there's a rule. If you fall 10ft, you have a 90% chance of living. 20ft = 80%. So on and so forth. So, theoretically, this boy would have had 70%. So basically, if you fall 100ft, you shouldn't be alive. While yes, there is the change there, I would doubt that it woulda been two shattered legs. Not very fun either...

Of course, that principle is only for direct freefall. As in such cases like S:RoS, speed of ejection plays a factor. Which, there isn't another one added here.

But yes, thankfully, he was safe. Just thought I'd share some knowledge. ;)

-Darth

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Thursday, June 10, 2004 4:42 PM
Do you think this is the ride (peeking above the treeline?)

http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery1062.htm?Picture=13

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Thursday, June 10, 2004 6:00 PM
Pictures and story in swedish: http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/nyheter/story/0,2789,489917,00.html

The boy was handicapped and had assisting guardians with him. Some how the wheel started before he had fully got himself inside the gondola and didn't stop untill a few seconds later after the other riders started to scream.
The park and the police has started investigations but from inspections they couldn't find anything wrong mechanicly with the wheel. The wheel is an Schwarzkopf creation.

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