Trapped on an Elevator in Atlantic City

What to do if you're trapped in an elevator.
1:34 | 05/27/13

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We move on to a holiday scare for 50 people trapped in elevators in atlantic city. Authorities say there's a lesson for us. Rebecca jarvis is here to tell us more. Reporter: It began like any other night on a holiday weekend in atlantic city. Hotels booked full. But early sunday, authorities responded to an emergency call at the lebl hotel. When we got there, we realized we should 22 people trapped in the elevator. They were anxious, it was uncomfortable when you feel like you're trapped. Reporter: The fire department cut power, pried open the elevator doors and dropped a 35-foot ladder down the shaft to the car below. Four firefighters then descended onto the car, attached ropes to the passengers and one by one, helped them up that ladder. It took 45 minutes to free everyone, but then a second emergency, 28 people stuck in another elevator at the same hotel. Normally we get you know, six to ten of those type of calls in a year. Never had one back to back like that. Reporter: Still these things can happen. For example, this guy trapped for 41 hours. And the cast of modern family, begging for help. Get us out. What should you never do if you're trapped in an elevator? Never attempt to get out of that elevator. And chief leonard tells us, the best thing to do if you're stuck is exactly what these people did. Stay put, call for help, and wait.

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