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12-year-old girl forced to jump from 100ft ride after seatbelt malfunction

12-year-old girl forced to jump from 100ft ride after seatbelt malfunction

Holly Brown was hoping for a fun day out at the theme park, but it ended in disaster.

A 12-year-old girl was forced to jump from off Australia's 'tallest travelling freefall ride', while it was moving, in a real horror incident.

Holly Brown, and her friend Ava, visited Queensland's Kilcoy Show on Saturday 13 May, in what was supposed to be a rather fun day out for the pals.

But their day out quickly turned into a horror show, as they sat down to go on the Mega Drop ride.

The ride - which is one of the most popular at the park - goes up to a height of about 30 metres before suddenly dropping at a speed of 210km/h.

But as the ride began to close, the girls were left in a state of shock as they both realised their safety restraints had failed to close properly.

Holly's had swung back over her head, while Ava's was pressed close to her chest, but remained unlocked.

Holly had a horror day at the theme park.

The pair were actually the only two on the ride at the time, and had ridden it before, which only added to the horror.

They were aware of the great heights the ride reached at the top of the tower, and the sudden plummet it performs as it reaches the bottom.

Holy had a quick decision to make, one that could have been the matter of life or death - hold onto the ride for dear life, or jump off.

According to Holly, the ride attendant was quick to see the difficulties the girls had got into, and tried his best to grab onto the rising platform and help secure the safety restraints.

But the 12-year-old told 9News the attendant slipped and fell three metres, so the only thing he could really do was encourage the girls to jump off.

"I knew what was going to happen. So I thought, 'Well, I either jump and maybe I break a few bones or I go up and die," Holly told the Aussie outlet.

"So I was like, 'You know what, breaking bones is better than losing my life.' So I jumped."

Holly thinks she 'blacked out' when she jumped as she can't remember a thing.

Holly says she can't remember a thing from when she jumped.

The next thing she recalls is being in 'excruciating pain' lying in her friend's mum lap.

But Ava decided not to leap with Holly, so was left stuck on the ride as it continued to rise.

Thankfully, the attendant managed to rush and press the emergency stop button, so the ride was stopped.

While Ava was alright, she was left in an 'absolute panic' as to whether Holly had survived.

Holly suffered a lateral malleolus fracture in her right foot, with an investigation launched by Queensland Workplace Health and Safety.

A spokesperson said, as per 9News: "Our inspectors and engineers attended the scene and are currently investigating."

LADbible Group has contacted the Kilcoy Show and the company believed to own the ride for comment.

Featured Image Credit: 9News

Topics: Australia, News