After a carnival ride malfunctions, terrified children are suspended 100 feet in the air.

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After a ride malfunctions at a carnival, terrified children are suspended 100 feet in the air.

After a carnival ride malfunctioned, terrified children were stranded more than 100 feet in the air.

After becoming stuck on a high-speed rotating ride at an Australian fairground, young thrill-seekers had to be rescued using a crane and cherry picker in a dramatic three-hour operation.

Children became trapped on the ride at the Chants Summer Carnival in Geelong, near Melbourne, at around 2 p.m. local time, and police and fire crews rushed to the scene.

At the Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre, shocking video footage shows two helpless kids suspended in the 115ft air with another two closer to the ground after the ride’s gearbox malfunctioned.

The final terrified child was rescued shortly after 5 p.m., three hours after the ride came to a halt, using a crane and cherry picker.

The carnival was shut down for the rest of the day by organizers, who blamed the ride’s failure on a faulty gearbox.

Chants Summer Carnival confirmed the gearbox would be replaced before the ride reopened for business in a statement posted to its official Facebook page.

“The Waurn Ponds Carnival will be closed for tonight due to today’s incident involving the gearbox on the ‘Freestyle’ ride,” it states.

“The ride is currently being dismantled and transported to be serviced for its gearbox.

“At all times, the maintenance and safety of all our machines are our top priorities.

“We’d like to express our gratitude to the families involved, as well as emergency services and Worksafe, for their prompt assistance, patience, and understanding throughout the day.”

“While this is unfortunate, rest assured that every precaution will be taken to ensure that the facility reopens safely.”

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

“From tomorrow, we hope to see everyone.”

WorkSafe Victoria, the state’s health and safety authority, has launched an investigation into the cause of the breakdown.

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