Girl jumps from freefall rollercoaster in bid to survive after malfunction

A 12-year-old girl was forced to jump for her life from a malfunctioning freefall rollercoaster, fracturing a few bones in her brave escape.

The terrifying experience for Holly Brown, 12, was recalled by the youngster who found herself leaping from the "tallest travelling freefall" ride in Kilcoy Show, Australia at the Dreamworld theme park.

Accompanied by her friend Ava, the Mega Drop riders found themselves on the precipice of shooting 130ft up into the air at a staggering 130mph without a safety harness.

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The ride started to move as expected but proved increasingly dangerous for Holly and her friend as they realised their seat restraints had not been locked in and secured.

Believing it to be a joke at first, fear soon set in for the duo, and Holly recalled being "really scared" as she tried to pull the restraint down, which she was unable to reach.

Ava managed to clasp the safety harness down and clung to it desperately as her pal decided she would need to jump and "break a few bones" to avoid a more fatal outcome.

She said: "So I thought, 'Well, I either jump and maybe I break a few bones or I go up and die'. So I was like, 'You know what, breaking bones is better than losing my life', so I jumped."

A worker at the park thankfully hit the emergency button to prevent Ava from heading up any higher, but panic set in after she thought Holly had died after jumping from the ride.

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Eyewitness Danielle Snow said: "Ava thought Holly had died. Because from the height, she just assumed that she would have died, that she wouldn't have survived that."

Paramedics rushed to Holly, who had thrown herself from the ride to save her life as Ava descended from the malfunctioning Mega Drop.

Holly fractured her foot in the fall and is now recovering at home, after being treated for her injuries sustained in the drop at the scene of the ride malfunction.

Queensland Workplace Health and Safety investigators are currently looking into the incident.

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