The Wheel at ICON Park in Orlando lost power Saturday night and rescue crews are working to evacuate people, multiple outlets are reporting.
At approximately 6:20pm this evening, Orange County Fire Rescue said they received a report of a power failure at The Wheel. According to Fox 35 Orlando, 20 pods were occupied at the time.
Crews said they have rescued 62 people who were trapped on the recognisable Ferris wheel. according to the established outlet.
ICON Park has confirmed in a statement late this evening that The Wheel lost power and that officials were working with Orange County Fire Rescue to evacuate riders.
“The Wheel lost power Saturday night and we’re working with the Orange County Fire Department to safely evacuate guests,” the statement said.
No other details were released. At this time, it’s unclear how many people were on the ICON Park attraction when it lost power. Stay tuned for further updates.
This isn’t the first incident to occur at the park. Back in March 2022, Tyre Sampson died after he fell off Orlando Free Fall at ICON Park. Several months ago, the park decided to dismantle the ride after Sampson fell out of the ride’s restraints.
You can find out more about the Orlando Free Fall incident here.
Update: According to a tweet posted by Scott Gustin, all riders have been safely evacuated. You can read his tweet below:
Update #2: You can watch more video relating to this incident below:
Update #3: Almost ten minutes ago, Orange County Fire Rescue has offered the following update:
Stay tuned to Orlando Theme Park Zone for more Orlando theme park-related news and information.
H/T Fox 35 Orlando