Alton Towers visitors forced to climb down from Oblivion as ride stops before 180ft dropPeople were photographed being led down after a stoppage on the world's first vertical drop rollercoaster
People were photographed being led down from Oblivion in Alton Towers just before a huge drop
Alton Towers visitors have been evacuated from Oblivion after the rollercoaster stopped just before the 180ft drop. Park-goers were photographed being led down from the world's first vertical rollercoaster as temperatures soared to 37c at the Staffordshire theme park.
A Twitter user named Dean shared photos of the incident, Liverpool Echo reports. He said: "An Oblivion shuttle has stopped at the top, I’m sure the magical bottles of water will be straight out in this heat.
"The magic bottles of water have made it up to the guests on board". Dean provided live commentary of the evacuation process as he confirmed the passengers were safely led down from the rollercoaster.
He added: "Guests are now being evacuated from the top, they have remained safe throughout the evacuation, with bottled water provided, and a harness to walk back down to the ground!"
A spokesperson for Alton Towers described the process as a "routine stoppage". They added: "The ride performed exactly as it is designed to do.
"In line with our well-rehearsed procedures, guests were assisted from the ride and were immediately given water, food, hats and all left happy to continue on with their day at the park. At no point was safety compromised.
Wouldn't fancy doing that yesterday, not sure if I would class it as routine.
And this kind of press reporting is why the waterfalls are off on the rapids…