A ride on a Ferris wheel just screams summer fun — unless you're as unlucky as the Riggs-Long family in Essex, U.K. — and end up screaming for a different reason. 

Darren Riggs-Long and his wife, Lynzie, along with their three kids, claim that they were traumatized when they were left at the top of the Big Wheel at Adventure Island in Southend-on-Sea for what they say was a significant amount of time as employees were getting ready to go home. 

The 38-year-old father said of the ordeal, "We couldn't believe it. We were at the top of the wheel when the lights went out and staff started shutting the lights down on all the rides just before 10 p.m. We were calling out for about 15 minutes before a member of the public spotted us and went to get a staff member."

The owners of Adventure Island counter that they apologized to the family but state that the family was stuck on top of the Ferris wheel for only a short time — under three minutes (two minutes and 58 seconds, according to security CCTV). The Big Wheel was refurbished earlier this year at a cost of $336,000. 

To make up for the incident, the management team offered the family wristbands for entry to the park as well as free meals. 

How would you react to being stuck at the top of a Ferris wheel? What do you think about the family's reaction? 


"Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality." Edgar Allan Poe.

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Well, they COULD have claimed great mental anguish and filed a big lawsuit demanding huge compensation.  I hope that they did not, but instead simply realized that the owners of the amusement park and the operators of the Ferris wheel are imperfect humans and can make mistakes just like the rest of us.

Rudy          3 hours ago         


Traumatized is walking down the street and piano movers drop a piano from the 10th floor and miss you by an inch.  It is not sitting atop a Ferris wheel for three minutes.  If that were the case, I was traumatized by sitting through Robocop 2 and should sue the Director Irvin Kershner.


Aaron          4 hours ago         

 This is about as newsworthy as the person stuck in a bouncy house after someone unplugged it.                           

    docwatson55          21 hours ago         

              That's almost as much time as I spent reading this stupid article.         

      lorie h          17 hours ago         

          hahaha, thanks for the laugh         

    broncosgodess          2 hours ago         

    The dude is nearly 40, and three minutes stuck on a ride 'traumatized' him?  ****, Brits are weak.




Where were all the cell phones I'm sure mom, dad, and each child carries??



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