06-11-2004, 07:17 PM #1Inactive
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Devil saves teenager
Devil Saves Teenager
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Ben-Hur Pereira was dressed as a devil, but became the guardian angel of a teenager dangling from a four-passenger gondola on a Ferris wheel.
Pereira, who works as a devil in the "Ghost House" at the Groena Lund amusement park (search) in Stockholm, had stepped out of the attraction Wednesday and saw the 16-year-old boy holding tight to the gondola. He had somehow fallen out of the passenger compartment and was hanging 30 feet above the ground.
Pereira, a trained acrobat, scaled the Ferris wheel, reached the teenager and pushed him back inside the gondola car.
"I acted on impulse. I have the technique and had the equipment. To climb is my job and now it just happened this way," said Pereira, wearing a black body suit with flecks of red, a goatee and a silver stud in his lower lip.
"He was a devil of a hero," Robert Mesterton, Groena Lund's chief executive told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Mesterton said park officials weren't sure how the boy managed to slip out of the gondola but when they saw what happened they stopped the ride.
The teenager wasn't injured but was taken to a hospital for a checkup and released.