Stuck Rider: “I Thought It Was Part of the Ride”

Riders were stuck some 70 feet in the air

Two women at the Miami-Dade County Youth fair got a little more time on a ride than they expected Tuesday.

The riders were stranded high in the air aboard a stalled fair ride for more than an hour before being rescued. The view might have been nice, but these two were more than ready to get their feet back on the ground.

"The ride it just went on and all of sudden it started going slow. I thought they were trying to scare us," said 18-year-old Shankia Tinsley. "I was actually excited because I thought this was some type of moment."

In a way, it was.

Cameras crews flocked to the fairgrounds and even the national media couldn't take their attention away from the suspended women.

A fire department spokeswoman says a call came in at 1:54 p.m. to report the ride, The Space Roller, had stalled at the Miami-Dade County Fair. News footage showed the seemingly calm riders turned horizontally in their seats, with their feet dangling above the fairgrounds.

Tinsley was kicking her feet and laughing while she was in the precarious situation. Megan Dewey, 20 was also calm, but not quite as giddy as her new friend.

"I wasn't scared," Dewey said. Firefighters didn't have a ladder tall enough to get to them. Rescue workers went to a cherry picker construction device and to try and reach the couple, who were an estimated 70 feet up in the air.

Around 2:45 p.m., the ride was shown slowly moving again toward the ground before the people got off. It's unclear why the ride malfunctioned.

When asked if she would get on the ride again, Dewey said sure, in a couple of years.

Tinsley, on the other hand, wanted to get back in line as soon as the ride was fixed. It's one of her favorites at the fair.

The fair began on Thursday and lasts until April 11.

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