Five-year-old boy dangles by neck 130 ft above ground after slipping out of Ferris wheel cabin window
A five-year-old boy attempted to sit on the metal bars which secure the window of the Ferris wheel cabin before he slipped out and was dangling by his neck before being rescued
A 5-year-old boy was seen hanging by his neck from a 130ft Ferris wheel after he was allowed on the ride without an adult. It is believed that the boy attempted to sit on the metal bars which secure the open window of the Ferris wheel cabin and then slipped out.
By some miracle, the child was caught by his neck and avoided diving to his death from around 130 feet. The terrifying incident took place on September 24 when the child and his mother visited the Yuhuan Park amusement park. Instead of purchasing a ticket 30 RMB (£3.35) the mother allowed her young son to ride alone after the child kept begging her to do so. The staff members also allowed the child to ride alone and did not intervene.
When the boy's cabin number which was 18 reached the peak of the Ferris wheel, screams were heard from the ground as witnesses saw the child climbing out of the window feet first.
People started to scream and shout with a lot more intensity upon seeing the child slip out of the window between the metal security bars.
From the footage, it is clear that the child was desperately kicking his legs as he hung by his neck with no one else in the Ferris wheel to help him or pull him up. Once it was clear that the child could not be helped, the operators allowed the wheel to turn as cabin 18 slowly descended back to the ground with the boy dangerously dangling by his neck. When the boy was within reach, the staff members along with witnesses rushed forward to free him.
The child and his mother were taken to the city’s First People’s Hospital. The child was fortunately unharmed aside from a few neck bruises. The city officials have reportedly shut down the Ferris wheel as the investigations continue. As reported by 'The Sun,' witness shared, "Children need to be accompanied by adults when riding the Ferris wheel. I don’t know how the mother convinced the staff members to let her son ride along in a car".
The park's amusement facilities were opened to the public in November 2013 with the 130 ft Ferris wheel being its biggest attraction.