Setting: The Pavilion Amusement Park in Myrtle Beach, SC. I was vacationing with my family, my best friend Sarah, and my brother's friend Andy. My
parents dropped us off at The Pavilion so we could enjoy the rides without being seen in public with our parents (typical teenagers). We agreed on a
place to meet and set off for fun.
It was still early enough that the ride lines were very short. My friend and I went on a water ride while my brother and his friend went their merry
After the ride, I suggest to Sarah that we should ride the Ferris Wheel. I thought it would be a great way to dry off, and there were only a few
people in line.
We waited for maybe ten minutes. The entire time, Sarah is growing more and more anxious. I can tell something's bothering here, but she won't explain
Then it's our turn. I sit in the seat and slide over, making room for Sarah. She starts forward, then begins to cry. She tells me she's sorry,m but
she can't get on the ride.
No big deal, I hop off and apologize to the folks in line behind us. They said it was no big deal and took our spot. We go to the next ride over (the
bumper cars) and get in line. I asked her what that was all about, and all she would say is that she felt sick about that ride. (For the record, I
have ridden Ferris Wheels with her before, so it wasn't a fear of heights). She was genuinely upset, so I dropped it.
Five minutes later we hear screaming. A woman comes running to our line shouting, "They fell, My God, they fell!"
Thinking the worst, we ran back to the Ferris Wheel. What we saw will stay with me forever.
The Ferris Wheel has stopped moving. At the apex of the wheel, a young woman dangled by one leg. On the ground in front of us were bodies.
The fire truck had to extend their ladder to free the girl...it took forever. One of the boys who fell died from his injuries.
The next day the papers ran a story on the incident, with photos of the injured people.
I'm positive that the girl in the photo was the same girl who took our seat on the Ferris Wheel.
We may have cheated death that day, due to my friend's....premonition? I don't know, but I think it's possible.
Has anything like this ever happened to you?
link to newspaper article about the incident
Can't upload a pic from my mobile, but here's a photo of the girl dangling:
edit on 31-5-2013 by smyleegrl because: (no reason given)