Ferris wheel malfunctions at Palm Desert hotel

More than 20 people rescued

PALM DESERT, Calif. - More than twenty people are safe after being trapped on a Ferris wheel at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert.

The Ferris wheel malfunctioned Friday just after 9:30 p.m.

Authorities say a snapped drive cable caused the 30-foot Ferris wheel to stop -- trapping 22 riders at a private event at the resort.

Firefighters were called out -- they used a ladder truck to take the riders off the Ferris wheel.

No injuries were reported.

Authorities say they had everyone off the ride by about 1:45 a.m. Saturday.

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