Tense Rescue on California Amusement Ride

21 people had to be rescued one by one after the ride they were on stalled 120 feet in the air.
1:11 | 01/01/17

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trapped on an amusement park ride for eight hours, parents and their children so high up there rescuers had to use ropes to get them down. Their ladders were just too short. ABC's Phillip Mena brings us the latest. Reporter: Tense moments, families trapped sky-high. Stuck for eight agonizing hours on this amusement park ride. The observation deck at Knott's berry farm in California, stalling around 2:00 P.M. With 21 people inside including seven children. By 5:00, firefighters finally called to the scene, but their ladder not even close to reaching the riders. Stranded more than 120 feet in the air. The only way down, by rope, one by one. This woman clinging to her rescuer. Witnesses on the ground terrified. I'm ready to go into tears. Reporter: Gabe javage, and his family were among those inside the rotating ride. He captured this video of firefighters harnessing his 3-year-old niece in the darkness. The last person rescued finally rescued just before 10:00, nearly eight hours later. Thankfully no one was hurt here. Officials here say the ride will remain closed while they conduct

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