Dad, daughter catch teen who fell from ride

Onlookers, many of them recording the incident with their cellphones, broke into cheers and applause when the girl landed safely in the arms of several people. "The victim fell from the auto striking a tree before landing in a crowd of park guests and employees that had gathered underneath the vehicle in an attempt to catch the victim before she hit the ground".

As she flailed, she slipped out from her seat and was left dangling from the ride by her arms, holding on in fear as a group of men gathered beneath her. A teenager fell out of a gondola ride at Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury, New York, but the ride was a two-seater, similar to a ski lift.

"Along the ride they should have something stationed whether its ladders or some means to perform a rescue", Lent said.

"And I grabbed her and in the video I see my daughter grabbing her from here", Howard said.

"As my dad went down I held her up and passed her along", Winchell said.

"I couldn't let that little girl die", he said on Sunday.


Howard says he stood under the girl and promised he'd catch her.

Howard, a contractor from Schenectady, was treated for a minor back injury.

The 14-year-old girl from Greenwood, Delaware, was taken to Albany Medical Center in stable condition with no serious injuries, the Warren County Sheriff's Office said. "We were in the right place at the right time".

Generally speaking, amusement parks can be sued for negligence, including failing to maintain equipment, failing to warn riders of risks, failing to train the operators of rides, and providing incorrect instructions to riders.

The park said in a statement: "There does not appear to be any malfunction of the ride, but we have closed the attraction until a thorough review can be completed".

The gondola ride was inspected and it was determined to be in proper working order, though that does not account for the accident. "The safety and security of our guests is our top priority and our thoughts and prayers are with our guest and her family".

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