Rescuers catch girl who fell 7.5m from an amusement park gondola

On Saturday evening, a 14-year-old girl fell 25-feet from a ride at New York's Six Flags Great Escape, the The Glens Falls Post-Star reports.

Police say the girl fell from the auto, hitting a tree branch on her way down, and landing in the crowd of park guests and employees gathered underneath.

Six Flags officials at the Queensbury park said the ride is in working order and there is not "any malfunction", the New York Daily News reported.

The video was posted by Facebook user Loren Lent, who thanked the people who caught the girl, as well as a man who climbed a nearby tree to move the branches that were in her way.

Witnesses said she was lifted up and carried to a golf cart where emergency workers arrived to help her. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office, the ride's operator was notified that a rider was in distress and he immediately stopped the ride. Around 8 p.m., she fell out of the ride and was hanging onto the edge.

"Looking at her today knowing she was alright because of me and my daughter, made it worth it", Howard said. She was treated at the park, then taken to an area hospital. Howard was hospitalized with a minor back injury and later released from the hospital.

"I just couldn't stand there", he said.

"At the end of the day, whatever happened, we saved this girl's life, and now she's got a second chance", Winchell said.

Lent noted that ride didn't have seat belts, only a bar to hold patrons inside.

When asked about safety procedures at the park, Hansen said all rides have a standard evacuation plan.

The girl was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

The park said in a statement that the safety of guests was a top priority.

The ride was shut for safety checks and has since been cleared for operation, but will remain closed.

The park opened in 1954 as Storytown USA and was acquired in 1996 by Premier Parks, which later bought and changed its name to Six Flags.

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