Chessington World of Adventures power cut leaves families trapped on rides and stuck in darkness
By Brittany Vonow1st June 2018, 4:42 pm
A POWER cut at Chessington World of Adventures has left thrillseekers trapped on rides and stuck in the dark today.
Thousands had descended on the park to make the most of the half-term but were left stuck as several rides were halted.
Staff were forced to bring in ladders to help people off the rides, with disappointed families sent home.
One visitor shared a photograph of their kids at the top of Tiger Rock, writing: "Stuck at the top of Tiger Rock when the power went out at Chessington".
Another visitor said: "Power failure so kicked out of a queue after 2 hours of waiting. Left park at 3pm. Sad end to our family day out!"
A third said people had literally been left in the dark after the power cut hit the village of Chessington, Surrey.
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Ian Moyse wrote: "Chaos at Chessington as whole amusement park loses power with people stuck on rides.
"Handling by young staff not adequate as customers left in the dark literally."
Staff had to bring in ladders to help people down to safety.
A visitor told the Daily Star: "There are people stuck all over the place.
"It's one of the busiest days I've ever seen, there are thousands of people here.
"I heard a member of staff said they need to a lot of time to get the rides running again after a power cut."
A spokesperson for the park confirmed there had been a power cut in the area, affecti ng rides.
They said: "We can confirm that several high level evacuations had to be carried out. We have a well rehearsed procedure for such events."
They said the power was not expected to be restored until 5.30pm.
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They told customers: "If youâre visiting us today we have experienced a power cut due to a problem in the local area, which has impacted operation. We are currently working to find a solution. Please bear with us as we work to resolve this and we will be releasing more information shortly.
"If you are visiting us today we have a further update on the Power Cut. We have been advised by UK Power, who are managing the problem locally, that we wonât have power until 4:30â" 5:30pm."
Visitors have been offered revalidated tickets.
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