Long walk down for Blackpool thrill seekers as 'The Big One' stops 200ft up

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Thrill seekers at Blackpool Pleasure Beach faced a nervous walk down from the iconic Big One rollercoaster after it broke down this afternoon.

Riders were reportedly helped by staff who guided passengers down to safety which took around 45 minutes. Images of the rescue have been shared on social media. It's not yet known what caused the ride to stop.

OMG. Big one stopped right at top today 12ish and the staff had to walk every one down safely. Well done "Think I would have been really scared. Then it was sent round the track empty a few times then we walked home bit of excitement. All worked out ok.

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The rollercoaster opened in 1994 and was the tallest, steepest roller coaster in the world and is 213m high at the peak.

The ride was stopped around 11:30am this morning. Passengers were guided to safety by staff, the ride was subsequently checked and was back up and running again by 1pm.

Spokesperson from Blackpool Pleasure Beach