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Dozens stuck on Arkham Asylum roller coaster at Movie World on the Gold Coast





Dozens stuck on Arkham Asylum roller coaster at Movie World on the Gold Coast Dozens stuck on Arkham Asylum roller coaster at Movie World on the Gold Coast
  • 20 people became stuck on the Arkham Asylum rollercoaster at Movie World
  • The ride trapped the passengers just before midday on Wednesday
  • Everyone was evacuated by 1.20pm and there are no reports of injuries 
  • The rollercoaster will not open until Thursday morning at the earliest 

Dozens of thrill-seekers have been left trapped at the top of a rollercoaster for one-and-a-half hours after the ride suffered a 'mechanical issue with the lift chain.'

Arkham Asylum rollercoaster at Movie World on the Gold Coast trapped about 20 patrons shortly before midday on Wednesday.

Everyone had been safely evacuated from the ride by emergency services by 1.20pm.

The ride is not set to open again until Thursday morning at the earliest. 

The incident comes less than three months after the Dreamworld Thunder River Rapids ride tragedy killed four patrons in October.

 20 thrill-seekers at the Gold Coast's Movie World were stuck on a rollercoaster

20 thrill-seekers at the Gold Coast's Movie World were stuck on a rollercoaster

 Some of the patrons were trapped for 90 minutes on Wednesday

Some of the patrons were trapped for 90 minutes on Wednesday

 Emergency crews were rescuing passengers from the Arkham Asylum rollercoaster on WednesdayYoung patrons are pictured scaling down the roller coaster with emergency crews 

Emergency crews rescued the group of teen passengers from the Arkham Asylum rollercoaster

The incident at Movie World on Wednesday was caused by a mechanical issue with the ride's chain, a Movie World spokesman confirmed in a press release.

'All guests have now been evacuated from the ride and there were no injuries to any guests,' the spokesman said.

'Due to the time required to reset the mechanical issue, the Queensland Fire Brigade assisted with the evacuation and we thank them for their assistance.

'The ride stoppage will be investigated and we hope to have the ride reopened as soon as possible,' the spokesman said. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Inspector Scott Beasley said those rescued were mostly teenagers - 19 of which were female and one was male. 

16 of them were walked down, while the remaining four had to be lowered into a cherry picker, Inspector Beasley told a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

All passengers were in 'good spirits', hydrated, and reassured they were safe, he said.

 A witness took photos of the 20 patrons trapped on the ride on Wednesday

A witness took photos of the 20 patrons trapped on the ride on Wednesday

 There are no reports of injuries. Trapped patrons are pictured

There are no reports of injuries. Trapped patrons are pictured

 Firefighters were called to the Oxfenford theme park just before midday, after being told they may have to stage a vertical rescueQueensland Ambulance spokesman said they are no reports of any injuries 

Firefighters were called to the Oxfenford theme park just before midday, after being told they may have to stage a vertical rescue

 A fire truck exits Movie World after  dozens of rollercoaster passengers were stranded mid-ride

A fire truck exits Movie World after dozens of rollercoaster passengers were stranded mid-ride

 Patrons outside Movie World as passengers on the Arkham Asylum were evacuated 

Patrons outside Movie World as passengers on the Arkham Asylum were evacuated 

At a press conference, Paul Young from Queensland Ambulance Service said those who'd been on the ride the longest were 'flushed' and 'hot' and were provided with bottles of water.

No one had sore necks, Mr Young said, according to Nine News.

Weatherzone reported the temperature was 30 degrees about the time the tourists became stuck at the Oxenford, Gold Coast, theme park.

The ride reaches speeds of up to 85km/h, and goes 32 metres high, according to the Movie World website.

Passengers wear a virtual reality mask throughout the ride, where they experience 'five stomach-churning inversions'.

Late last year, after four people died on a ride at nearby Dreamworld, all Gold Coast theme parks underwent exhaustive safety audits. 

 The group of revellers were rescued by firefighters who used a cherry picker to reach them

The group of revellers were rescued by firefighters who used a cherry picker to reach them

 Firefighters were called to the theme park just before midday on Wednesday, after being told they may have to stage a vertical rescueThe ride is 32 metres tall and goes up to 85 kilometres an hour 

Firefighters were called to the theme park just before midday on Wednesday, after being told they may have to stage a vertical rescue

 The entrance of the Arkham Asylum rollercoaster ride at Movie World on the Gold Coast (stock image)

The entrance of the Arkham Asylum rollercoaster ride at Movie World on the Gold Coast (stock image)

 A group wait in line to go on one of the theme park's other rides on Wednesday  

A group wait in line to go on one of the theme park's other rides on Wednesday  

 The front entrance of Movie World on the Gold Coast (pictured) 

The front entrance of Movie World on the Gold Coast (pictured) 

In November, the government said every ride at Movie World had been cleared and it said the park had 'robust' systems in place for all of its attractions.

Movie World is not owned by the same company as Dreamworld.

Roger Singh, principal solicitor at Sydney's Shine Lawyers, told Daily Mail Australia this could hurt the tourism industry at the Gold Coast.

'This could be another nail in the coffin for the leisure industry on the Gold Coast strip because of the dent in people's confidence in safety of the facilities,' said Mr Singh, who has dealt with accidents, trauma and compensation.

'It's absolutely vital and incumbent of the industry to make sure no stone is left unturned and [they are] keeping on top of the most stringent of safety standards.

 While people were still being rescued, Movie World Australia posted a photo to Twitter which some considered to be poor timing

While people were still being rescued, Movie World Australia posted a photo to Twitter which some considered to be poor timing

 One social media user wrote: 'And THIS is why autotweets are a bad idea'

One social media user wrote: 'And THIS is why autotweets are a bad idea'

'It's early days to say as to what has caused this, but if it has been caused by some level of negligence then this adds to the sad state of affairs with respect to the leisure industry on the Gold Coast strip and will go potentially further and the confidence of the public.

'If it established that it occurred as some mismanage or malfunction then this would open leave open action to be taken,' he said.

While people were still being rescued, Movie World Australia posted a photo to Twitter which some considered to be poor timing.

'Tag someone that you think should add these to their New Year's resolutions!' Movie World wrote, about 2pm NSW time (1pm QLD time) on Wednesday.

The tweet included an image of the Superman Escapes ride.

One social media user wrote: 'And THIS is why autotweets are a bad idea.'

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Movie World. 

 Four people were killed in a tragedy at Dreamworld's Thunder River Rapids ride in October

Four people were killed in a tragedy at Dreamworld's Thunder River Rapids ride in October

Young girls are pictured walking through a floral tribute outside Dreamworld theme park after the October tragedy Young girls are pictured walking through a floral tribute outside Dreamworld theme park after the October tragedy

Young girls are pictured walking through a floral tribute outside Dreamworld theme park after the October tragedy

 A stock image of the Arkham Asylum rollercoasterThe rollercoaster goes upside down 

Stock images of the Arkham Asylum rollercoaster, which goes upside down, are pictured

 A stock of Movie World theme park at Queensland's Gold Coast

A stock of Movie World theme park at Queensland's Gold Coast


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