The attraction was blocked due to a technical flaw. El Volador, “the pride of the Mexican arena,” is how Bellewaerde Park calls the rotating tower in which children are stuck at about 15 meters high.
On Friday afternoon, the park administration said, “Don’t panic, everyone is calm.” Westhock area firefighters had to use a ladder truck to free the children. The Red Cross also came to receive the children.
“Our technicians first tried to remove the gondola themselves. Then a Westhoek fire brigade was called in to help the kids disembark. The kids were brought one by one in a belt. This mainly concerned children around the age of thirteen. After the evacuation, they were housed in a Texas restaurant.” Grill near Mexico Square in the park. The firefighters conduct annual exercises on this attraction, and therefore knows how to behave, “says a fire brigade spokesperson.
This is not the first time
This isn’t the first time Gravity has had a jolt. In 2006 the gravity shattered, and 13 amusement park-goers were stopped. In 2013, the attraction was banned again, when seven people had nowhere to go for an hour. In those cases, the cold weather was associated with blackouts. In 2018, 40 visitors were trapped in the attraction, says Arro Ieper Police District Police.
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