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Big One rollercoaster ‘breaks down near top forcing passengers to climb down 200ft’

BLACKPOOL Pleasure Beach’s world famous rollercoaster broke down near the top today – forcing passengers to climb down 200ft.

The iconic 213ft Big One – formerly known as The Pepsi Max – ground to a halt due to a suspected mechanical failure this afternoon.

The Big One ride 'broke down forcing passengers to climb down'
The Big One ride ‘broke down forcing passengers to climb down
Credit: Margaret Summers

Park staff were forced to scale the UK’s tallest rollercoaster – before guiding nervous visitors to safety, reports Lancs Live.

Dramatic photos captured the rescue as passengers were forced to make the terrifying 65m descent down a set of stairs

One person wrote on social media: “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.”

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 told the Sun Online they were unable to comment.

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