Panic broke out at the fairground next to the Bilbao Exhibition Centre after 22 people became stuck at the top of one of the rides last Saturday night, some 50 metres above the ground.

A type of horizontal big wheel with swings which shifts from side to side at the top of a pole, the ride, set up for the El Carmen patron saint fiestas in Barakaldo near Bilbao, ground to a sudden halt at around 8.00pm leaving horrified occupants suspended at over 162 feet up in the air for up to four hours.

Local firefighters but their ladders were not high enough, which meant a further delay as another fire engine from Bilbao had to be called out with a longer ladder, arriving at about 21.45hrs. The people who were trapped on the ride were lifted down in pairs, with the whole process taking around two hours.