Livingston Ferris wheel riders stranded when ride breaks down

Firefighters perform rescue operations

July 9, 2013 

— Some folks got an extra-long ride on a Ferris wheel in Livingston on Sunday after the ride broke down.

The Ferris wheel at the city's Fourth of July festival had a mechanical problem that caused it to stop moving about 10:45 p.m., Capt. Jeremy Rahn of Cal Fire-Merced County Fire Department said.

Sunday was the final day of festivities, which took place at Memorial Park and Livingston High, near Park and Fourth streets.

Five of the seven riders on the Ferris wheel were employees of the carnival, Rahn said, and none was injured.

Cal Fire's Livingston-based truck responded to the incident. Seven firefighters used the truck's ladder to get riders to the ground, repositioning the ladder to reach each individual basket.

Rahn said they finished getting people off the ride and back on the ground about 1 a.m.

"There was no technical rescue," Rahn said. "It was more along the lines of assisting people."

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