The passengers of these roller coasters – five Belgians, three Germans and a Dutchman – remained stuck 32 meters above the ground between 6:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. On the spot, the firefighters had to deploy a special ladder to reach the nine people stuck in the trucks. The rescue operation was further complicated by strong gusts of wind.
The nine passengers were then taken to hospital for examination as a precaution.
On RTBF and VRT television news, the CEO of Plopsaland dismissed the wind as the cause of the incident on Sunday. “We have standards for considering the closure of an attraction depending on the strength of the wind. The latter was 25% below the maximum authorized threshold for wind speed,” pointed out Steve Van den Kerkhof.
Tristan is one of the people who got stuck at the top of the attraction. To our colleagues, he explained that the atmosphere had remained good despite a distressing situation. “There were only thrill seekers, so we never panicked.” The young man even allowed himself to share videos on Instagram from the top of the attraction.
“At the time of the first bursts, I still hoped that it would end quickly, but ultimately, I see it as a unique experience,” he said.
This adventure will have had another positive point: Saddening admits to having made new friends.