Man catches teen falling from park ride: 'It's OK to let go'

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

The girl, who is from DE, was not identified. The girl didn't know how she had fallen out of the ride.

According to Jessica Hansen, director of marketing and sales, the park immediately closed the ride once all visitors were off it Saturday.

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. "Once it stopped she continued to hang for about 3-4 minutes screaming!", Facebook user Crystal Nadareski wrote in a post accompanying the video.

Lent's own Facebook post received more than 1,400 comments in 22 hours, and the video was used in numerous news reports. She lets go, strikes a tree limb on the way down, and is caught by people in the crowd. "It was just hysterics".

"I couldn't let that little girl die", he said on Sunday.

According to the park website, the ride has no height requirement. Her little brother was shaken up but uninjured otherwise, she said.

"There does not appear to be any malfunction of the ride, but we have closed the attraction until a thorough review can be completed", a park official said.

"She told us we were her heroes and I told her no, God put is in the right place at the right time", Winchell said.

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Another child was also in the auto, the sheriff's office said.

The girl, who is from Greenwood, Delaware, was riding with a younger relative when she fell.

Park-goers below start to notice the trouble she is having, and begin to devise a plan for how they will save her when she inevitably falls.

Then, the video shows her dangling 25 feet from the ground.

"God dropped an angel and I caught her", Howard said. Thankfully, her injuries are minor, and as of Sunday morning she is in stable condition.

Mattthew Howard Sr., 47, of Schenectady, a season-pass holder at the park, was transported to Glens Falls Hospital.

Howard was also briefly hospitalized for a back injury.

Sheriff's investigators, assisted by park personnel, inspected the ride and the auto the girl was in Saturday night and said everything was in proper working order and all safety equipment was intact and operational.

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