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Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:48 am

Couldn't see this reported anywhere else, sorry if it is :)

Even more bad press for "Scotland's Only Theme Park"... M&D's.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-14009704

Anyone else really starting to doubt this park...
 
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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:43 pm

I went on this coaster when it came to Goose Fair a few years ago. It was crap, though impressive for a fair. So I guess it valleyed. It's not particularly high though, shouldn't have taken this long. Do they not possess a cherry picker?!

He also said those stranded on the ride were not given any information by park operators and did not receive an apology when they were finally taken off.

Sigh. When's someone gonna shut this shithole down and give Scotland the decent park it deserves?
 
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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:40 pm

It seems to have stopped on the lift hill.

This article has a picture that is a little more panned out: [url=http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2011/07/04/i-thought-we-were-going-to-die-funseekers-terror-as-they-are-left-dangling-from-rollercoaster-86908-23245909/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scott ... -23245909/[/url]

Rescuing people by rope access takes AGES, I can't believe that they have no cherry picker, ha ha.
 
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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:50 pm

On the lifthill?! Sodding hell! Don't they have emergency generators to power this thing up, or couldn't they get some? How hard can it be to find a way of restarting the lifthill? And they used ropes instead of a cherry picker? I hope this park get fined by H&S for their utter incompetence.
 
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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:23 pm

I'm still rummaging around, you know how the media report things in laymens terms, but it seems that the chain snapped, or "broke" according to the park.
 
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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:38 pm

Even if the lift hill had broke, surely the park could have even hired a cherry picker in this situation to remove people from the ride? #-o

For a coaster to break down @ 16:30 and the last guests were not taken off until 00:45, it just seems that the park couldn't have had an evacuation procedure, or at least a good one! :?
 
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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:49 pm

This is Scotland, you don't expect competence do you? :mrgreen:
 
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Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:06 pm

A cherry picker would have been a waste of money due to the weight of the average Scottish person, it would have been useless. Sadly the park doesn't earn enough to invest in a crane for lifting guests. This is also why the chain probably broke in the first place as well.
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Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:20 pm

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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:38 pm

Good find with the pics, Dave.

The rope access method of rescuing people takes forever, even when carried out by the most experienced of people. I hold the qualification because it's used in the inspection work I do and have seen countless number of rescues. For the park to rely on the police using this method and not have anything like a cherry picker (which I also can drive 8)) is beyond a joke really. Imagine if it was boiling hot, thunder and lightning, or if someone on it died as a result of not being able to get down and do/take something they need to every few hours.
 
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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:47 pm

I can understand that takes a long time but over 8 hours?! :shock:

Does anyone know the manufacturer and model name? Also, some news reports are stating they were at 60ft, others 90ft? I can't imagine the latter being true...
 
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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:14 pm

Oi. Can it with the anti-Scottish stuff. You English poofs :wink:

But seriously, this is shocking. Even for M&Ds. I hope they get absolutely hammered for this. Ropes indeed #-o
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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:36 pm

"altontowerskid" wrote:
I can understand that takes a long time but over 8 hours?! :shock:

Does anyone know the manufacturer and model name? Also, some news reports are stating they were at 60ft, others 90ft? I can't imagine the latter being true...


It is a Pinfari XP56 and the drop is 65ft.

It can all be found here.

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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:38 pm

I'm so confused.

Just... what.
 
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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:41 pm

"HAJiME" wrote:
I'm so confused.

Just... what.


Whats not to get?

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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:43 pm

".Will""][quote=""HAJiME" wrote:
I'm so confused.

Just... what.


Whats not to get?

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Why it took 8 hours. Why they didn't have a cherry picker. Why M&D's even exists.
 
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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:45 pm

Lol at that last one. Well they clearly have no idea what they are doing when it comes to getting people off their rides.

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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:03 pm

Whenever I think about a visit to M&Ds, I remind myself about the photo below...if you look carefully, if they cannot spell theme park, how can we trust them to run one :)

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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:05 pm

"Travelling Them Park"

Classic!

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Re: Nine Rescued from M&D's Coaster

Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:07 pm

When I get my Macbook to say theming, it says theming.

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