Gran’s terror at the fairground
Stranded 60ft high on log flume
A petrified Rutherglen gran and her teenage relatives are still shaken up after being ordered to clamber out of a 60ft high stranded fairground ride and shuffle their way down the edge of its slope to safety.
Liz Hamilton (58), who has a fear of heights, was on the White Water log flume with granddaughter Hannah Baird ( 14) and great niece and nephew Brooke and Johnny Fraser, (13) and (15) when it came to a halt at its highest point at M&D’s amusement park on Saturday.
Liz’s husband, Jack Tait (60) - who had gone inside to shelter from the rain - looked on in disbelief to see four young fairground workers leaping to the stranded carriage and ordering the family to make their way on foot down the roller coaster’s wet ramp.
“Liz is a gran. She suffers from panic attacks and at first I thought they had stopped the ride because she was having an attack,” said Jack, of Eastfield.
“It might not seem that high, but when you have to walk down it, it is scary, especially when you are responsible for kids. They said the structure was shoogley as they made their way down. By the time they got down, Liz was traumatised. There was nobody from management in sight to make sure everyone was all right and the four young boys just walked away.”
The family went to the information desk, but were asked to call back and report the incident at the start of the week.
“If anything like that happens again, no matter how trivial it may seem, somebody in authority should be straight out there to make sure everyone is okay. They were in shock. And they weren’t offered even as much as a cup of tea,” continued Jack who says at the very least, his family should have been offered a pass for the rest of the season in compensation.
He says 15-year-old Johnny was so shaken by the experience that they had to call Wishaw General Hospital doctors for medical advice.
“Some people who have read about it on social media have criticised Liz for going on the ride if she has a fear of heights. What I’d say to them is: what if it was your granny, or your mum who was stuck up there?” blasted Jack, who said the group were soaked through.
A spokesperson for M&D’s said: “We can confirm that there was an incident on The White Water ride shortly before the theme park was due to close.
“The water pump tripped which caused the ride’s safety systems to bring it to an immediate stop.
“Members of staff then followed our pre-planned emergency procedures which were to climb the designated walkway passage on the ride and bring the passengers down.
“Full safety checks are carried out on our rides each day before the theme park opens.”
Shaken Liz Hamilton from Rutherglen Ride The White Water log flume at M&D’s broke down at the weekend, leaving Rutherglen grandmother Liz Hamilton having to clamber down 60 feet to safety