Britain's Worst Fairground Ride? Second Terrifying Drama Forces Closure Of Cardiff Winter Wonderland Ride

29/12/2014 11:25 | Updated 20 May 2015

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Cardiff Winter Wonderland has announced it will be replacing a ride that has been at the centre of two terrifying aerial dramas.

Freezing fair goers, including children, were left dangling 65 feet (20 metres) in the air for half an hour after the Sky Swing experienced a second high-profile malfunction on Saturday evening (December 27).

The ride, in which carriages are lifted into the air and whirled around on revolving spokes, ground to a halt unexpectedly while filled with passengers.

Dad Luke Jones told the South Wales Evening Post of his horror when he realised that the ride - billed as the world's tallest sky swing - had broken down with his 12-year-old daughter Ellie-May on board.

"Ellie-May was so high up she looked like a dot. She was so cold and frightened," he said, calling the fiasco 'every parent's nightmare'.

The Sky Swing's operators desperately struggled to regain control of the ride, which the operator says suffered an 'electrical issue'. "It looked like they tried to re-start it about 20 times," Jones recalls. "They seemed to be going through manuals."

Staff finally managing to lower the dozen passengers to the ground after 30 minutes, just as the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service prepared to set up ladders.

It comes just a few weeks after windy conditions sent the Sky Swing's carriages crashing into each other mid-flight, leaving panicked passengers screaming as the ride appeared to veer out of control.

The incident was captured on video, and the knee-knocking footage made the attraction national news for all the wrong reasons.

The Sky Swing has now been withdrawn and replaced with a smaller attraction called the Mega Swing while Sayer's Amusements, the company which operates the seemingly-jinxed ride, investigates the two incidents.

A spokesperson for the firm explained: "An electrical malfunction occurred with the Sky Swing, when the ride's safety procedures operated automatically, stopping the ride as it descended.

"We are currently investigating the fault, and the ride will only be operational again when we are satisfied it has been resolved, but no member of the public was in any danger."

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