- An 11-year-old girl was seen hanging from a Ferris wheel at a fairground in Brazil
- After her hand slipped, she fell seven meters and crashed into a metal structure
- The safety catch on her sear seemed to open as it spun
An 11-year-old girl became stuck on a Ferris wheel after an alleged malfunction caused her to fall from her seat.
The scare spread when a safety lock on the seat she and her friend were sitting in allegedly came loose while driving at a fairground in Rio Preto da Eva, Brazil.
The suspected error caused the seat to tip over, causing the girl and her 13-year-old friend to fall out.
The girl fell more than 20 feet and landed with a thud on the ground, while the younger girl managed to hold on with her hands.
Footage filmed by fairgoers shows her dangling high above the ground as people below watched in horror.
The young girl held on for dear life as the Ferris wheel continued to spin at the fairground in Rio Preto da Eva, Brazil
She was dangling seven meters above the ground after her seat malfunctioned
She was seen crashing into a structure that appeared to be made of metal during her dangerous fall
As the ride creaks, she eventually loses her footing and falls to the ground as high-pitched screams are heard.
It is seen crashing into what appears to be a metal structure during its descent on the night of October 31st.
The other girl’s father, Raimundo Claudinei, was sitting in another seat with his younger daughter when the disturbance happened.
He told local media: “We had turned the steering wheel about five times and I realized something was wrong.”
“Then I looked and saw that my daughter was already hanging upside down.”
The gathered crowd screamed as the 11-year-old girl fell from her broken seat
The girls’ families plan to take legal action in response to the near-fatal incident
“And when I looked again, she was already hanging and falling. “When I held my seven-year-old daughter, I didn’t know what to do.”
After the girls fell, paramedics at the scene provided first aid to the couple.
Both were then taken to a local hospital before being transferred to a larger facility in Manaus, about 35 miles away.
The older girl was still in hospital with injuries to her pelvic area.
Her family said they are still waiting for tests.
The younger girl has already been released.
Raimundo recalled that the Ferris wheel felt extremely unsafe, with only a piece of rope separating riders from a terrifying abyss.
The amusement park has since been closed by authorities and the incident has been reported to the police.
Raimundo said he plans to sue the venue once his daughter recovers.
He told local media: “I will wait for her to come home and then take appropriate action together with the relevant authorities.”
The family of the younger girl is also planning to take legal action, local media reports.