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A Crowd Of People Prevented Tragedy From Happening When A Ride Began To Dangerously Tip Over

The word hero is so often associated with tights and special powers but we’re more interested in everyday heroes. Those people who come together in a moment of need or tragedy and find a way to make the situation better. We’re talking about the neighbors who help each other during hard times and the strangers who come to someone’s aid without expecting any thanks. 

Those are the heroes we like to hear about and we’ve found an amazing story of such heroes coming out of Mexico. 

When a ride at a fair in Mexico began to tilt and fall, it was saved by a group of fairgoers in one of the most incredible rescues we’ve ever seen. 

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A video sharing the daring rescue popped up on Reddit’s r/HumansBeingBros sub-thread on August 2nd. The video shows an event at a local fair in Durango, Mexico. In the video, we see the tall yellow, green and blue spire of an Eiffle Tower-inspired gondola ride as it begins to tilt. Among the chaos of the rescue, the video also shows us that the ride was active with passengers gliding towards the tilting tower. 

Almost right away, fairgoers surrounding the base spring into action — together, pushing the tower in the opposite direction it’s falling in order to right it. Once the fixture has been pushed enough towards its base, more good Samaritans grab at the bottom of the tower and use their weight to pull it down to its rightful place. In the end, everyone on the ride was safe and the helpful fair goers continued their fun with little fanfare. 

What’s most impressive about this rescue is that we don’t know the names of these saviors. The ground of fairgoers who helped rescue this ride hasn’t been named. They did a heroic deed just because it needed to be done. They probably saved lives with their actions but did not expect a “thank you” for doing so.

Reddit users were just as amazed as we are and had a lot to say about the rescue. 

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As these comments point out, this was an amazing act of strength. It was only able to be accomplished by the collective power of the group. The added adrenaline that everyone was feeling no doubt helped a lot with this impressive rescue but this show of community is so important, especially in face of the recent attacks on Latinx folk.

Some people saw this video and swore off carnival and fair rides altogether. 

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We totally get it. Watching this makes us what to skip the Ferris wheel next time the carnival is in town. However, as one comment by @PennythePup pointed out, traveling carnival rides are actually safer and more regulated than the kinds of rides you find at an amusement park. These traveling rides have to pass regular safety inspections while the amusement park ones do not. This kind of makes us rethink any future visits to California Adventure. 

One comment pointed out the irony of the French-themed ride in the Mexican town.

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This comment reminded us that France and Mexico haven’t always had the most friendly relationship. The Battle of Puebla — when Mexican soldiers drove out the French occupation — was over 150 years ago. We doubt this was any kind of intentional revenge by the French, as this comment jokes, but it’s a funny coincidence nonetheless. 

Another comment pointed out that — had this happened in the United States — it would have been a much bigger deal. 

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This daring rescue didn’t get nearly the kind of coverage it would have in the States. There isn’t much info about it now but, had it happened in the US, it probably would have been all over the news. Knowing how news travels in America, this observation is probably true. 

Mostly, the comments centered around how helpful and welcoming the people of Mexico are. 

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The thread soon turned into a place to share other amazing experiences of Mexican people coming to the rescue. Whether it was a spontaneous invitation to a quinceañera or saving the day after a car accident, the Reddit thread filled up with experiences with and appreciations for everyday Mexican and Mexican-American citizens. 

While this rescue didn’t get a lot of press, we can’t ignore how amazing it was and give props to the nameless Durango heroes who saved the day.   

Watch the full rescue below!

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