3 rescued after getting stuck on county fair bungee ride – USA TODAY
VENTURA, Calif. — Crews rescued three people — one of them found hanging upside-down — who were stuck on a bungee jump ride at the Ventura County Fair on Wednesday night, authorities said.
The incident was reported at 7:55 p.m. PT at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Harbor Boulevard.
The upside-down person was about 30 feet in the air and had reportedly been in that position for at least 20 minutes before rescuers arrived. The person did not appear to be in medical distress, officials said.
The man was hanging halfway between the ground and the platform from where he jumped. He appeared to be doing crunches as he waited, a witness stated.
Rescuers used an aerial ladder as they worked to get the man back to the ground. They gestured at helicopters flying overhead, and a band nearby stopped playing during the rescue effort.
The witness said it took crews a while to undo the man’s legs from the ankle straps. He was reported safe on the ground just before 8:30 p.m. and was checked out by medical personnel, authorities said.
Meanwhile, two additional people were stuck in the bungee cage and also needed to be rescued. Officials said they were not injured and the witness stated that it appeared the pair were working to operate the ride.
At 8:55 p.m., crews sent up a rope to get the bungee workers down. They were both back on the ground by 9:25 p.m., officials said.
It was unknown why they became stuck, but Ventura police said fair officials, the Ventura Fire Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were charged with overseeing and ensuring the safety of the ride.
Last week, 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell was killed in Columbus, Ohio, after an Ohio State Fair ride malfunctioned.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Agriculture were looking into what went wrong on the “Fire Ball.” The ride passed inspection the day of the accident, only to malfunction hours later, killing Jarrell and injuring seven other fairgoers.
Contributing: Jessie Balmert, The Cincinnati Enquirer. Follow Megan Diskin on Twitter: @megandiskin
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