Lincolnshire

Seven taken to hospital after Skegness fairground rescue

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Media captionJason Lawley, from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service, said the ride had experienced 'some kind of failure'

A woman with serious head injuries was one of seven people taken to hospital after getting stuck on a fairground ride in Skegness.

Twenty-two adults and children were rescued after they became trapped in a vertical position on the Surf Rider at Botton's Amusements on Grand Parade.

Most badly hurt was the woman with potentially life-threatening head injuries, the ambulance service said.

The seven injured people were taken to Boston Pilgrim Hospital.

The Surf Rider swings people around 360 degrees, but the carriage is meant to remain in a horizontal position.

Firefighters from Skegness, Spilsby and Wainfleet used a hydraulic platform along with "man power and a rope" to rescue the riders one by one, a Lincolnshire Fire Service spokesman said.

He said he did not know how long the group had been stuck on the ride.

The police said the owner of the fairground had voluntarily closed it until after the Health and Safety Executive visited the site on Wednesday.

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