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'It's OK to let go,' man catches 14-year-old girl falling from ride

A 14-year-old who fell out an amusement park ride was saved after rescuers caught her.

The teenager was left dangling about 25ft off the ground as her eight-year-old brother cried hysterically saying he couldn't hold on to her.

Matthew Howard and his daughter Leeann Winchell were among those who rushed to the girl's rescue as onlookers yelled "catch her" and "I can't watch".

"I said 'it's OK to let go, I'll catch you honey," Mr Howard said. "I couldn't let that girl die."

The girl is caught by the crowd below. Credit: AP

Miraculously, the girl, from Delaware, was not seriously hurt and is expected to make a full recovery.

She and was later visited in hospital by those who saved her, including Mr Howard, who hurt his back when he caught her.

The incident happened on a gondola Sky Ride at the Six Flags Great Amusement Park in New York.

It is unclear why the girl was hanging out the carriage.

Officials later inspected the ride and said it was in proper working order - but it remains closed while a thorough review is completed.

“We are reviewing our internal procedures to ensure the safety and security of our guests and team members," a park spokesman said.