Orange County Fire Rescue released drone video on Tuesday showing crews working to rescue 63 people from The Wheel at ICON Park after the ride lost power on New Year’s Eve.
The video shows fire crews climbing up the ride and onto the gondolas to reach the people trapped inside on Saturday. More than 20 pods were occupied when the ride stopped functioning, according to fire rescue. Cell phone video prior to the rescue shows sparks and smoke pouring off the side of the giant Ferris wheel.
Capt. Greg Hubbard with the Orlando Fire Department said this was the largest rescue conducted by the department. He said climbers went to each gondola to make sure those inside were OK and to alert them they were being helped.