Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Man catches teen falling from park ride: 'It's OK to let go'


In front of dozens of witnesses, the girl screamed as she dangled from the chairlift's railing while staff and visitors raced to catch her.

Loren Lent, who shot the video, spoke to Teen Vogue about the terrifying ordeal.

He looked up to see the girl dangling and her little brother sat next to her in the green two-person pod, crying hysterically and saying he could not hold on to her.

The girl fell approximately 25 feet from the "Sky Ride" gondola attraction into a crowd of people gathered to catch her, according to multiple eyewitness reports. She lets go and is struck by a tree branch, but is caught by other amusement park patrons.

"Girl falling from ride at 6 Flags Great Escape and they have NO means to rescue them". The two took the brunt of the girl's fall, collapsing to the ground themselves.

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They did not know how she had fallen out of the ride.

"I couldn't let that little girl die", Howard told The Associated Press on Sunday.

A TEENAGE girl has survived a fall from an amusement ride in NY, after screaming for help as she dangled from a gondola.

The young girl miraculously escaped without serious injury, and is now at the Albany Medical Center in stable condition, the Warren County Sheriff's Office said.

She said the teenager was in good spirits.

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She and her dad say they couldn't just stand there and not do anything.

"I'm just glad we could be there to help", Ms Winchell said.

"It's incredible you know I mean as I keep saying too God put us in the right place at the right time, you know we were able to do something good and we saved a child's life", Winchell said.

Sheriff's investigators, assisted by park personnel, inspected the ride and the vehicle the girl was in Saturday night and said everything was in proper working order and all safety equipment was intact and operational.

"The safety of our guests and team members is our top priority, and out of an abundance of caution, the ride will remain closed while we conduct a thorough internal review", she said.

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At the time of writing, the Sky Ride is listed on the theme park's website as "temporarily closed".

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