Thirteen thrill-seekers got more than they bargained for when their Gold Coast rollercoaster broke down mid ride, stranding them for hours.
The Green Lantern attraction at Warner Bros Movie World came to an abrupt stop just before 1pm, leaving one carriage stuck precariously near the top of the ride.
Six people were trapped when the rollercoaster malfunctioned, stranding them for hours high above the ground.
Crews from Queensland Fire were called in to help with the rescue, and the stuck passengers were all safely rescued by about 4.30pm.
There were no injuries, but the six were taken to hospital for a medical clearance.
Earlier another seven people were in a second carriage when the roller-coaster stopped, but they were able to exit the ride via a nearby set of stairs.
The roller coaster will not be returned to use until engineers determine the source of the malfunction, described only as an “issue with a wheel” on the carriage.
“Warner Bros Movie World would like to offer its sincerest apologies to those guests that were involved,” the theme park said in a statement.
“The Green Lantern attraction is equipped with multiple safety redundancies to ensure the safety of all riders.
“Our team of engineers and technicians will investigate the cause of this mechanical issue before the ride is reopened.”
Witnesses said it appeared part of the wheel componentry had fallen off completely.
One witness described hearing a “big bang” as one of the carts rounded a bend on the upper level of the track.
Witnesses began posting about the incident on social media despite being discouraged from taking photos.
One witness, who was just about to join the ride’s queue, described the incident as her “worst fear come to life”.