–Royal Melbourne Show Show ride for ‘real thrill-seekers’ shut down over harness issues

October 2, 2017

A ride at the Royal Melbourne Show has been shut down amid safety concerns.

The Skywalker, described online as being “for the real thrill-seekers”, was closed about 9pm on Sunday after some passengers reported malfunctioning harnesses.

Allie Calleja told Fairfax Media she was about two storeys off the ground and the ride had just started to spin and tilt when her harness lifted.

“As soon as it happened my boyfriend pulled it back in and the ride stopped in mid-air,” she said.

Ms Calleja said the same thing happened to a girl in the carriage behind her, who stepped off the ride in tears.

She posted a series of warnings on the show’s Facebook page to deter others from the thrill ride, warning safety issues “need to be reviewed before something horrific happens”.

“I couldn’t have lived with myself if I didn’t do something,” she said. 

“I even got a comment from a girl who said something similar happened on the same ride at a carnival two or three years ago”.

Another customer, Lisa Gérmon, said she felt “completely unsafe” and was left bruised from the ride.

“The harness was so loose and the person didn’t even come around to check if we were properly clipped in,” she posted on the show’s Facebook page. 

“As soon as we were in the air we were sliding all over the place feeling as if we were about to fall out of our seat.

“[We received] massive bruises on our arms caused by metal objects at the side of the seat digging into our arms”. 

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria said in a statement the relevant authorities have been contacted to investigate the ride. 

“This is standard procedure following a report and the ride remains closed in the process,” it said. 

The ride, which has also appeared at Sydney’s Luna Park, is a part of this year’s Coca-Cola Thrillseekers Carnival. 

Fairfax Media has attempted to contact the operators of the ride.

The Royal Melbourne show runs until October 3.

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