Now viral TikToks captured the moment some passengers found themselves stranded atop the world’s tallest wheel.
According to local media, the High Roller on the Las Vegas Strip ceased to operate on September 18, stranding about 150 people for about an hour and a half. Passengers were suspended 550 feet in the air as engineers worked to disembark them safely.
Some people on the ride documented the terrifying incident via TikTok, racking up millions of views.
User @ mrs.christen said she had “spent the whole day” convincing her husband to take the tour. When they got stranded, she noted, “all they told us was that they were working on it.”
Another user, @esmyyyyyy, shared images of passengers lying on the ground with their feet resting against the windows as the basket tilts. “The scariest moment ever,” one narrator said of her images on the Ferris wheel.
In a second video, @esmyyyyyy said everyone “thought we were going to die”.
And a third video of the incident, captured by user @ pinedaivan17, shows a man hanging on a rail “for life” to keep himself from falling on the other side of the tilted basket.
People in the tilted pod noted that the ship was not supposed to tilt. The rest of the pods, like the one @ mrs.christen was in, would have been stuck upright.
The Ferris wheel was not fully unloaded until after 2 a.m., according to reports. The malfunction was due to “a network connectivity issue involving one of the cabins,” which caused the ride to stop rotating, ride owner Caesars Entertainment told KTNV.
Engineers were able to fix the problem and no one was injured, the company said. Passengers also received refunds.
The Daily Dot contacted @ mrs.christen and @ pinedaivan17 via TikTok comment and @esmyyyyyy via Instagram DM.
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* First published: Sep 26, 2021, 10:07 a.m. CDT
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