A crowd in New York organized themselves into a makeshift net upon seeing a girl dangling from an amusement park ride.
Last Saturday evening, everyone was holding their breaths at a Six Flags theme park in Lake George, New York. As The Washington Post reports, a 14-year-old girl clung to the side of the Sky Ride gondola 25 feet above the ground.
As she screamed for help, park goers crowded around the base of the ride and others attracted the attention of emergency personnel. Prepared to make a makeshift human safety net, several of the pedestrians gathered under the girl and began organizing themselves.
As soon as the park personnel stopped the ride, one man climbed a nearby tree so he could move the branches out of the teenage girl’s path. Once the route down was clear, the climber yelled for her to let go. To loosen her grip took guts, but the young girl did just that and landed safely into the arms of people below.
Emergency medical personnel proceeded to examine the girl, who was airlifted to a local hospital. There, she was deemed healthy with no serious injuries. One of the rescuers was reportedly treated for a back injury, however, which occurred from catching the young girl.
No one yet knows how the teen got caught in such a dangerous situation. It remains a mystery, as the ride was later inspected and declared to be working perfectly. Fortunately, it is a rarity to become injured on the slow-moving Sky Ride, with a 1 in 16 million chance of something bad happen.
This news deserves to be shared because it’s easy to forget that compassionate, caring people exist in this world. Had the pedestrians not gathered underneath the slow-moving ride, the teenager might have been seriously injured.
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