Eight people rescued from rollercoaster

Firefighters rescue eight people from Tornado rollercoaster. Pic: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service/PA Wire
Firefighters rescue eight people from Tornado rollercoaster. Pic: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service/PA Wire

Eight people were rescued from a rollercoaster at M&D’s Theme Park on Saturday afternoon after it stopped working around 20ft off the ground.

Scottish Fire and Rescue were called to the Strathclyde Park attraction at around 2.50pm when it was reported the Tornado rollercoaster had stopped with passengers still in the carriages.

Firefighters used a cherry picker to safely remove a man, two women and a five youngsters, none of whom were hurt. A spokeswoman for the theme park said: “We can confirm that the ride stopped during a cycle and the automated safety procedure was immediately initiated.

“No-one was hurt and all health and safety procedures were carried out. We have spoken individually to those involved and everyone is safe and well.”

The ride was closed while a full investigation was carried out.