Total Access called to Singapore...
Written by: Graham Burnett from Total Access (UK) Ltd
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Singapore officials investigating a fire at the world's biggest observation wheel that left almost 175 tourists trapped for hours, have called upon the expertise of the UK's leading Height Safety and Rescue Specialists.

Total Access' Managing Director Graham Burnett said...

"With our considerable experience in specialist high level rescue of this nature, we were very pleased to be invited to a joint meeting with the Singapore Civil Defense Force, the operator and the incumbent rescue team to ensure the 'Flyer' was back up and running in time for the Chinese New Year"

The fire in the control room of the Singapore Flyer shut down the 42-storey high observation wheel, leaving customers stuck for six hours before power was restored.

Rescue teams brought 10 people down in a sling in a dramatic operation while others waited in the Flyer's cars, each one enclosed and about the size of a small city bus, until the power came back and the wheel began turning again.

Police said they had ordered the attraction closed pending an inquiry into the incident, the fourth power outage at the Flyer since it opened earlier this year.

"A thorough investigation is being conducted," said Fulvia Wong, a spokeswoman for the operator of the Singapore Flyer, one of the city-state's most popular tourist attractions.

A total of 173 passengers were aboard the Flyer when a small electrical fire caused the stoppage, said Steven Yeo, general manager of the attraction. It was the fourth power outage at the Flyer so far.

"I love Singapore but I don't think I'll come to the Flyer again," said Meta Hartono, an Indonesian visitor who told of trapped passengers urinating in plastic bags while hanging in the air waiting to be rescued.

At 165 metres (540 feet), the Singapore Flyer is 30 metres taller than Britain's London Eye.

Unlike old-style Ferris wheel carriages that hang in the open air, the Singapore Flyer and other large observation wheels feature fixed capsules.

The Flyer has 28 capsules, which can each hold 28 people, and passengers can walk around during the slowly-moving ride.

Passengers can enjoy a panoramic view of Singapore, and on a clear day they can have a glimpse of neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia.

"I was just worried about my baby," an Indonesian tourist, who gave his name as Aditya, said late Tuesday. He was travelling with his two children, aged 11 months and five years.

The Singapore Flyer, which cost about 240 million Singapore dollars (171 million US) to build, is a private venture.

Great Wheel Corp, which built the Flyer, is also building wheels in Beijing and Berlin that will edge out Singapore's as the biggest in the world.

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