ORLANDO -- The Orlando Eye came to a sudden stop Friday while people were on the ride, leaving some riders stuck on the observation wheel for hours before being rescued.
According to riders stuck on the 400-foot-tall observation wheel, the Orlando Eye suddenly stopped around 3:45 p.m. Orange County Fire Rescue confirmed all riders were rescued shortly after 7 p.m.The cause of the stoppage was not immediately known.
Orange County Fire Rescue sent a tower truck as a precaution, but said no one on the ride was in any immediate danger, and no one was injured.
Once the wheel began moving again around 5:40 p.m., rescuers began assisting guests in getting off the ride, one capsule at a time, providing medical assessment and aid as needed.
Riders stuck in the wheel's capsules tweeted pictures and updates from the ride.
Makayla Bell, visiting Orlando from Indiana, said the power and air conditioning in her capsule went on and off while she was stuck on the ride, nearly 400 feet in the air. She was rescued shortly before 6:30 p.m.