Dramatic footage shows the moment a teenage girl fell from a theme park ride and plunged 25ft before being caught by onlookers who had gathered to help. The unnamed 14-year-old fell from the Sky Ride at Six Flags Amusement Park in Lake George, New York state. – SCROLL DOWN FOR FOOTAGE.
A video clip of the episode, captured on a mobile phone by a bystander, shows the youngster dangling from the ride while it is still in motion. “Oh my God, she is in for it,” one onlooker can be heard saying. “You should be right underneath to catch her,” advises a woman to the growing crowd. The ride is eventually stopped by the operator close to a tree amid screams and people shouting advice to the girl. “Hold on, don’t let go!” others can be heard saying.
Matthew Howard heard the youngster screaming for help and looked up to see her dangling from the cable ride. Mr Howard, 47, and his 21-year-old daughter, Leeann Winchell, ran over and positioned themselves under the girl as the ride stopped and park security officials came running. “I said: ‘It’s ‘OK! It’s OK to let go, I’ll catch you, honey,'” said Mr Howard. The girl let go and was caught by the pair to cheers and applause.