South East Wales

Sky Swing removed after 'malfunction' left 12 dangling 65ft up

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Image caption Passengers were stranded for 30 minutes, the fire service said

A funfair ride that left passengers dangling 65ft (20m) up will be permanently removed from Cardiff's Winter Wonderland following a spate of incidents.

Customers were stranded on the Sky Swing for 30 minutes on Saturday and emergency services were called before all 12 were brought down safely.

It is the third time the ride has closed since it came to Cardiff.

Operator Sayers Amusements said it was removing the swing on Sunday evening.

"The root problem of the electrical issue could not be established," said spokesman Tim Powell.

"The ride will be taken out on Sunday evening and will not return this year.

"It will be replaced with another ride - the Mega Swing - that was here in November."

The fire service called the problem a "malfunction" which was not related to the previous two incidents but said the Health and Safety Executive was investigating.

Firefighters were in attendance as staff put the ride into "recovery mode" which brought passengers safely down.

'Parent's worst nightmare'

Terrified dad Luke Jones was left watching in horror as his daughter Ellie-May, 12, got stranded on Saturday night.

He said: "I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

"It looked like they tried to restart it about 20 times. They seemed to be going through manuals.

"Ellie-May was so high up she looked like a dot. She was so cold and frightened. It was every parent's worst nightmare."

Earlier this month wind caused gondolas to crash into each other, and two days later high winds forced it to close.

A Sayers Amusement spokesman added: "No member of the public was in any danger.

"All passengers were checked over by our medical staff, and given hot drinks when they came off the ride.

"All were of course given full refunds, in addition to our apologies for any anxiety caused."

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Media captionEarlier this month, a video captured high winds causing carriages to crash into one another on the Sky Swing

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