Moment riders climb 200ft down tallest rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach after it broke down

Watch your step! Terrifying moment thrill-seekers climb down 200ft from top UK’s tallest rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach after it broke down

  • The Big One rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach broke down yesterday
  • Adrenaline junkies were left stranded at the highest point of the rollercoaster
  • Park staff were forced to guide the riders to safety by making them walk down

Footage has captured the moment thrill-seekers were forced to climb down 200ft from the top of the UK’s highest rollercoaster after it broke down mid-ride.

Adrenaline junkies were left stranded at the highest point of the 213ft Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach yesterday afternoon.

Video taken from the park below shows park staff as they were forced to scale the rollercoaster before tentatively guiding nervous visitors to safety by making them walk down.  

Passengers are seen carefully being escorted down The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach earlier today after the ride broke down on its way to the track’s peak

Park staff were forced to scale the rollercoaster before tentatively guiding nervous visitors to safety by making them walk down

Park staff were forced to scale the rollercoaster before tentatively guiding nervous visitors to safety by making them walk down

Theme park visitors were forced to climb down from the top of an iconic 200ft-high rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach after it broke down mid-ride

Theme park visitors were forced to climb down from the top of an iconic 200ft-high rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach after it broke down mid-ride

Riders had been on the track travelling up to the top of the rollercoaster when it suddenly stopped. 

Images of the rescue have been shared on social media, showing the passengers descending down a set of stairs to safety.

Video posted to TikTok shows two of the passengers making the descent from the ride, clutching hold of the railings as they make their way down. 

One person said: ‘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 said: ‘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.’

A video posted on social media by one of the passengers stuck on the ride shows them walking down a set of stairs to reach the safety of the ground

A video posted on social media by one of the passengers stuck on the ride shows them walking down a set of stairs to reach the safety of the ground

Adrenaline junkies were left stranded at the highest point of The Big One this afternoon

Adrenaline junkies were left stranded at the highest point of The Big One this afternoon

Blackpool Pleasure Beach reopened on April 12 as part of the easing of lockdown measures (file image)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach reopened on April 12 as part of the easing of lockdown measures (file image)

Park staff were forced to scale the rollercoaster before tentatively guiding nervous visitors to safety by making them walk down. Pictured: The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (file photo)

Park staff were forced to scale the rollercoaster before tentatively guiding nervous visitors to safety by making them walk down. Pictured: The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (file photo) 

When the £12million 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. 

The theme park has been contacted for further information. 

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