Howard and his daughter, Leeann Winchell, caught the brunt of the girl's fall, and helped carry her towards emergency workers who later arrived at the scene.
A teenage girl escaped serious injury Saturday evening after falling 25 feet from an amusement park ride in Upstate New York - and into the arms of a crowd that had gathered below to catch her.
The operator stopped the ride and a group of guests and employees gathered beneath the ride auto to catch the girl, who dropped into their arms. The 14-year-old girl who fell was riding the vehicle with a child relative. Bystanders on the video could be heard yelling "Her neck is stuck!" before she broke loose and fell. "I'm not going to let you fall", said Mr Howard.
Howard called out, trying to assure the girl he'd catch her if she dropped, unsure if she would trust him, he said.
"I just couldn't stand there", he said. My husband ran around looking for a ladder or something to help while others gathered to catch her.
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Sheriff's Investigators assisted by park personnel inspected the ride and the auto the victim was riding in and found that everything was in proper working order and all safety equipment was intact and operational at the time of the incident. The park said in a statement that the safety of guests is a top priority. "We are reviewing our internal procedures to ensure the safety and security of our guests and team members".
Portions of the incident, which occurred at the Six Flags Great Escape location in NY, were captured on video by witnesses and shared to social media. The ride was stopped by an operator after word was received that there was a rider in distress.
"I couldn't let that little girl die". The girl remained hospitalized Sunday.
Some witnesses surmised she may have been trying to kick trees as the ride passed them, but Stockdale said that did not appear to be the case.
Mr Lent said she was dangling for at least 90 seconds, and possibly a few minutes.