The young girl miraculously escaped without serious injury, and is now at the Albany Medical Center in stable condition, the Warren County Sheriff's Office said.
Matthew Howard Sr was just leaving the Six Flags Great Escape Amusement Park with his family when he heard someone screaming. It was shut as a precaution.
A TEENAGE girl has survived a fall from an amusement ride in NY, after screaming for help as she dangled from a gondola.
In a rescue caught on video by witness Loren Lent, the teen slips out from the 2-person auto she was sharing with a relative and momentarily dangles 25-feet in the air. "It's OK to let go, I'll catch you, honey, '" said Howard.
Six Flags employees tended to the girl before emergency crews took her to Glens Falls Hospital and then flew her to Albany. "I couldn't let that little girl die", he told the AP.
Howard received a minor back injury from catching the teenager. "No one wants to put himself underneath a body like that, but I couldn't stand by and watch". Around 8 p.m., she fell out of the ride and was hanging onto the edge. Her little brother was shaken but uninjured, she said. The ride was stopped by an operator after getting word of a rider in distress, officials said.
Loren Lent, who witnessed the incident, captured the cell phone video.
The sheriff's office said in a statement that the girl was riding the attraction with a child relative, and fell from a stationary two-person vehicle. "I'm not going to let you fall,"' said Mr Howard.
When asked about safety procedures at the park, Hansen said all rides have a standard evacuation plan.
The gondola ride was inspected and it was determined to be in proper working order, though that does not account for the accident.
Six Flags released a statement saying that New York State's Department of Labor has cleared the ride for operation, but that no one can use it until an internal review of the incident has occurred.