20 rescued from Gold Coast roller coaster

A roller coaster at the Gold Coast's Movie World theme park has seemingly malfunctioned, with around 20 people trapped.

The passengers are trapped on the Arkham Asylum rollercoaster, a Batman themed ride.

A Queensland fire and emergency services spokeswoman said all 20 patrons were rescued from the stalled ride by 1.30pm.

Footage of the dramatic rescue shows firefighters extending ladders up to the top of the ride, while attempting to free everyone who was stuck.

"So our technical response crews are assessing how to get them down at the moment and making sure they are hydrated", the spokesman said.

Dreamworld owner Ardent Leisure has announced that the ride would be demolished and a memorial to the victims erected.

In November, the government said every ride at Movie World had been cleared and it said the park had "robust" systems in place for all of its attractions.

"We've been called to the scene for a vertical rescue", a spokesperson for the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service told ABC.

The authorities said there was no report of any injury.

The ride will be closed while safety officers carry out an investigation.

The incident comes just a few months after a neighbouring theme park ride accident killed four people.

  • Rogelio Becker