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‘We’ll Catch You Honey’: Teenage Girl Rescued After 25-Foot Fall Off Amusement Park Ride

Park guests and employees at Six Flags Great Escape[1] park in upstate New York became unlikely heroes when they stepped in to rescue a teenage girl dangling from a gondola ride, working together to catch her as she fell 25 feet into their arms.

The 14-year-old girl, who has not been publicly identified, did not sustain any serious injuries in the Saturday incident, according to local authorities[2]. She was riding the “Sky Ride” at Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury, New York when she slipped out of the gondola chair.

Video captured at the scene shows her dangling from the two-person gondola as park guests gather below her. The girl’s neck initially appeared to be stuck in the gondola, but she was able to untangle herself before dropping 25 feet.

Loren Lent, a mail handler from Glenville, New York who was in the park during the incident and captured the scene on video, said he was waiting for his children to finish at the Sky Ride when he heard screaming and saw a rider dangling.

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'We'll Catch You Honey': Teenage Girl Rescued After 25-Foot Fall Off Amusement Park Ride

“I just pulled my phone out and turned it into video because I was amazed it’s not something you’ve ever seen or would want to see,” he told TIME.

He videotaped for about 20 seconds, he said, and he and half a dozen men began strategizing how to catch the girl when the ride was completely stopped. One man climbed up a tree to push the branches out of the way.

(For licensing or usage, contact [email protected])Girl falling from ride at 6 Flags Great Escape and they have NO means to rescue them. Thanks to the guys who banded together to catch her and the guy who climbed the tree to move the branches out of the way.

Posted by Loren Lent[3] on Saturday, June 24, 2017

As she began to drop, someone in the crowd that had gathered below her can be heard yelling, “We’ll catch you honey!”

“I think it was an impulsive coordination,” Lent said. “It was a bunch of strangers coming together to help out a person in an emergency situation.”

Lent was frustrated though; he said not one park employee was on the scene initially. When they did arrive, he began yelling at them, because he thought they weren’t moving quickly enough. A security guard asked him to remove himself from the scene, so he ultimately shot video of the girl’s rescue.

The footage shows her hitting a tree as she fell, but cheers erupt as the girl is caught.

(For licensing or usage, contact [email protected])Girl falling from ride at 6 Flags Great Escape and they have NO means to rescue them. Thanks to the guys who banded together to catch her and the guy who climbed the tree to move the branches out of the way.

Posted by Loren Lent[4] on Saturday, June 24, 2017

Six Flags said in a statement that the girl was caught by “guests and security personnel.”

Emergency medical services were sent to the scene, and she was transported to a local hospital, before being transported by helicopter to a hospital in Albany[5]. She remains there, authorities said, in stable condition and with no serious injuries.

Authorities said a 47-year-old man was also hospitalized when he hurt his back trying to catch the girl, but has since been released.

The Sky Ride, listed under “Family Rides” on the park’s website,[6] is described as “a roundtrip ski-lift style gondola ride.”

Lent, who says he is a season pass holder, says this incident won’t infringe on his visits to the park, but he won’t be sending his family on the Sky Ride anytime soon.

The Warren County Sheriff’s office said they inspected the ride with park personnel and found that everything was working correctly.

Six Flags said that the New York State Department of Labor cleared the ride to operate, but it is remaining closed while the park conducts an internal review.

“We are in the process of gathering more information,” Six Flags Queensbury said in a statement. “The safety and security of our guests is our top priority and our thoughts and prayers are with our guest and her family.”

References

  1. ^ Six Flags Great Escape (time.com)
  2. ^ according to local authorities (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ Loren Lent (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ Loren Lent (www.facebook.com)
  5. ^ Albany (time.com)
  6. ^ park’s website, (www.sixflags.com)

Man inadvertently livestreams mass shooting on Facebook

A man inadvertently streamed a mass shooting on Facebook Live believing he was filming people dancing in the street, according to reports. Bubba Hinson s video of a gunman opening fire and wounding six people during an argument at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sunday has since racked up more than a million views, much to his dismay, the News and Observer reports.[1]

I always wanted a viral video, but I never wanted it to be like this, Hinson told the news outlet. Hinson, a volunteer firefighter in town for a convention, says he saw a throng of people blocking traffic around 12:25 a.m. and started streaming the gathering on his Facebook page, expecting people to bust a move.

Instead, someone pulled out a gun and busted some caps.

I thought they were dancing. That s why I started filming it, he told the paper. Then, they started fighting. Then, they started shooting. The video shows a group of people brawling before someone pulls out a gun and fires off at least 15 rounds, sending the crowd screaming and running for their lives.

Multiple people down! Hinson shouts as he narrates the mayhem. At least six people were shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and an armed security guard also shot the gunman, the News and Observer reports.

The shooter fled by carjacking a vehicle, but cops caught up with him a few hours later. The shooting was just one of three in a bloody weekend for the tourist town. Another gunman wounded a man in the parking lot of a Myrtle Beach mall the day before, just 10 minutes before cops were dispatched to a shooting at a local resort, although no one was hit there. Some vacationers told the News and Observer they won t be returning to the city anytime soon.

We re just here on vacation, said visitor John Lee, whose friend s car ended up covered in bullet holes and blood after Sunday s shooting. This sucks.

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  1. ^ the News and Observer reports. (www.newsobserver.com)

Maldives, Tourist Haven, Casts Wary Eye on Growing Islamic Radicalism

Brig. Gen. Zakariyya Mansoor, the director general of the National Counter Terrorism Center, a recently formed government office spearheading efforts to increase security preparedness, agreed that it was challenging to identify noninvasive solutions and maintain the tranquil environment expected by tourists.

But he said the country was well prepared to handle terrorist threats, pointing to the national policy on terrorism and the regular staging of simulated attacks at tourist facilities for training purposes.

There are certain criteria that every resort must meet in terms of safety and security, General Mansoor said. Resort owners and resort operators are very cooperative with us.

Continue reading the main story[1]

Ibrahim Hussain Shihab, a spokesman for the president of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen[2], wrote in an email that the government takes all breaches of security, including thefts, seriously, and that security forces are more than adequately trained. As such, he said there was no immediate need for security forces at the resorts to carry firearms.

Security forces and government officials say there is currently no evidence of a planned attack in the country. But Mohamed, a former police officer who worked on counterterrorism for the Maldives Police Service and insisted on being identified only by one name because he feared reprisals from the government, urged caution.

He cited a local uproar over the suspension[3] of a Maldivian teacher for wearing a niqab in the classroom, and President Trump s attempts to place travel restrictions on individuals from six predominately Muslim countries. The former police officer said developments like these could be used as fodder not only to radicalize but also to consolidate support for an attack on Maldivian soil.

Of concern to him, he said, is what will happen when jihadis return to the country if greater security measures are not taken in the tourism industry. Those fighters, he said, hate tourism and do not care if it exists or not.

Continue reading the main story[4]

References

  1. ^ Continue reading the main story (www.nytimes.com)
  2. ^ Abdulla Yameen (www.nytimes.com)
  3. ^ suspension (maldivesindependent.com)
  4. ^ Continue reading the main story (www.nytimes.com)
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