Man dies at amusement park after falling from ferris wheel

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A man has died while fixing a Ferris wheel at an amusement park in Jersey Shore in the US.

Robert Sanger, 62, reportedly fell from a lift when fixing the ride at the Gillian Wonderland Pier in Ocean City at around 10:30 am local time on Monday.

He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

His death was confirmed by Ocean City's mayor and president of the Gillian’s Wonderland Pier president Jay Gillian in a statement.

The worker fell from a lift while fixing the Ferris wheel in Jersey.
The worker fell from a lift while fixing the Ferris wheel. Source: Twitter/ Steve Keeley

Investigation into Robert Sanger's death ongoing

“We are sorry to report that an employee of a subcontractor working on an elevator at Gillian Wonderland Pier suffered a fatal injury on Monday morning,” he said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

"We are cooperating with all appropriate authorities to thoroughly investigate the cause of this tragic incident."

Mr Gillian said he will provide more information when it's available.

It's not clear yet how Mr Sanger fell.

According to the website, the Ferris wheel — called the Giant Wheel — was one of the newest attractions at the park.

A Facebook post from Mr Gillian's re-election campaign said he is “suspending all campaign activity effective immediately” following the news of the accident.

Earlier this year, a 14-year-old boy died after falling from an amusement park ride at an Orlando theme park after reportedly telling his friends he could feel his safety harness moving.

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