By Sarah Keane • 26 October 2020 • 13:59
WOMAN in critical condition after falling 100ft from fairground ride
A 25-year-old Australian woman is fighting for her life after plunging 100ft from ‘The Hangover’ ride at the Cairns Showfest on Saturday, October 24. Onlookers claim the woman screamed “I’m falling” before she slipped and became “entrapped” in the mechanism of the ride, which swings passengers 360 degrees.
Queensland Ambulance and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services freed the woman but she had already suffered “significant head and spinal injuries”.
Critical Care Paramedic Denis O’Sullivan told media it was “chaotic” when he arrived on the scene.
He said: “There were a number of concerned people … in these sorts of incidents it’s good for everyone to get back and let people get their job done.
“The lady suffered some traumatic injuries and was unconscious when the Queensland Ambulance Service arrived and was taken through to hospital unconscious.”
He said paramedics had to undergo a “difficult extrication” as the woman fell into “components of the ride’s machinery.”
It is not known how the woman fell but police say an investigation into the safety of the ride is currently ongoing.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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