Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach breaks down near the top forcing people to climb down

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The iconic rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach was evacuated by staff this afternoon

Theme park visitors were forced to climb down from the top of an iconic rollercoaster after it broke down this afternoon.

Adrenaline junkies were left stranded high up The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

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

LancsLive has contacted Blackpool Pleasure Beach for further information.

Images of the rescue have been shared on social media.

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.”

The Big One broke down near the top
The Big One broke down near the top

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.”

When the £12m 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.

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