UK's biggest rollercoaster grinds to a halt forcing evacuation of riders

Strong winds brought Britain’s biggest rollercoaster to a standstill – forcing riders to make a terrifying walk down.

The Big One, at Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach, broke down on Tuesday afternoon.

Riders were escorted off the ride and down a series of narrow steps, with nail-biting pictures showing the evacuation.

A spokesperson for Blackpool Pleasure Beach told the Blackpool Gazette: ‘At 2.50pm on Tuesday, April 11, Blackpool Pleasure Beach stopped the Big One train on the ride’s lift hill due to sudden changes in weather conditions.

‘Guests on the ride were reassured and escorted from the ride by Blackpool Pleasure Beach staff.

‘Due to high gusts of wind the Big One roller coaster closed for the remainder of the day.’

Wreckage lined roads and hundreds of properties were left without power as Storm Noa caused havoc across the UK.

Winds reached 75mph which caused major transport delays.

This was the ride after us yesterday on The Big One at #Blackpool It was cold, raining and quite windy!! Staff did great job getting everyone down though!! 🎢

In Fareham, Hampshire, a woman was reported to have been seriously injured after scaffolding fell onto a main shopping street.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service assisted the woman following the incident in West Street at about 1.45pm before she was passed to the care of paramedics, according to the BBC.

In Brighton, a desperate search and rescue operation was launched after a person was swept out to sea from the nearby pier.

A body was found this morning.

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