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Firefighters rescue 66 riders on stalled Florida ferris wheel

Firefighters rescue 66 riders on stalled Florida ferris wheel

A team of firefighters Friday rescued 66 people from The Orlando Eye, a 400-foot observation wheel in the city's tourist district that broke down for more than three hours. There were no reports of injuries. The wheel stopped working about 3:45 p.m. because of a computer malfunction, said Robin Goodchild, general manager of The Orlando Eye. That's when park officials reverted to a backup generator that slowly moved the ride's gondolas to the platform, two at a time. Rescuers then climbed in through a hatch at the top of each gondola, using a special tool to open the doors and help the passengers escape. The firefighters were prepared for an aerial rescue, but that...

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