12 people trapped in Santa Barbara castle lift

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TWELVE people were trapped in the lift going up to the Santa Barbara castle in Alicante.
The 10 adults and two children were stuck for two hours in the heat of the lift before they could be rescued by firefighters. One said the experience was “horrifying” as the group recorded a video of them chatting over food nervously trying to pass the time.
Fire crews managed to manually over ride the system and get the passengers out despite a manual rescue operation being in place in the lift, which should allow for evacuation, but did not work. It was installed in 2011 at a cost of almost €1.5 million.
It has also been reported that information inside the lift was not correct and Alicante councillor for Infrastructure, Gloria Vara, who has lodged a report about the incident, is now urging the mayor to review the contract for the lifts saying there could be possible irregularities. The contract was renewed just four days before the change of government.
The lift has now been repaired.

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