Trapped tourists

Passengers on the London Eye cracked open supplies of blankets, water and emergency toilets after it ground to a halt.

About 400 people were on the tourist attaction ground when it had to be stopped for more than an hour for urgent repairs.

London Eye staff spoke to the trapped tourists via intercom, instructing them to open emergency supplies of water, blankets and commodes.

However, for anyone caught short, privacy in the glass capsules could not be guaranteed, reports the Daily Telegraph.

London Eye spokeswoman Liz Edwards said: “We had two-way communication with all the guests, so we spoke to everyone to reassure them.

“There was a technical fault with one of the tyres so we thought the best thing to do was stop the wheel until it could be repaired.

“Engineers came along and the guests opened comfort packs with water, blankets and glucose tablets. There were commodes as well.”

She said none of the passengers had suffered any health problems or panic attacks.

All the guests were offered warm drinks and a refund just after 7pm when they came down from the wheel.

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