September 6, 2017 / 12:32 PM / 3 months ago

Fourteen people rescued from seaside tower in southern England

LONDON (Reuters) - Fourteen people had to be airlifted from a British seaside tower after a mobile observation capsule became stuck, rescue services reported.

The Jurassic skyline tower in the southern resort of Weymouth offers 360-degree views of the surrounding area. Video footage shows the trapped visitors being winched to safety by rescuers dangling from a helicopter above the 53-metre tower.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service was alerted on Tuesday afternoon after engineers failed to free the stuck capsule.

The tower’s operator said on twitter that the gondola had become stuck due to a mechanical issue.

Reporting by Rachel Wood; editing by Stephen Addison

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