16 Rescued From Roller Coaster

They were stuck on the Cheetah Hunt roller coaster

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014  |  Updated 2:37 PM EDT
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Three people have been safely retrieved from a Busch Gardens roller coaster but 13 people remained trapped on it late Wednesday afternoon, a Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman said.

Three people have been safely retrieved from a Busch Gardens roller coaster but 13 people remained trapped on it late Wednesday afternoon, a Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman said.

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All 16 riders have been safely removed from a Busch Gardens roller coaster after they were trapped on it Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Tampa Fire Rescue firefighters brought down the people from the Cheetah Hunt ride, the agency said on its Twitter account.

The park said on Twitter just after 6 p.m. that the riders had been safely removed from the ride.

Personnel on a Tampa Fire Rescue ladder truck and a Busch Gardens bucket truck were working together to bring the riders down from the roller coaster, Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny told NBC 6 South Florida earlier Wednesday afternoon.

“There’s been no indication that anybody is in any sort of distress or anything, other than having to sit there,” Penny said.

There have been no injures reported.

The ride malfunctioned near the loading station, Busch Gardens spokesperson Travis Claytor told NBC News.

The Cheetah Hunt is a triple-launch roller coaster that has a length of 4,400 feet, making it Busch Gardens’ longest thrill ride attraction, Busch Gardens’ website says.

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