Thirteen freed after being trapped in lift

Rescue operation underway at bridge lift Picture: Toby Williams
Rescue operation underway at bridge lift Picture: Toby Williams
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Thirteen people have been rescued after getting stuck in a lift in Edinburgh this morning.

The alarm was raised after the people, eleven adults and two children, became trapped in the lift travelling to the footbridge connecting the St James Centre and the Greenside Place car park at around 10.50am.

A Scottish Fire & Rescue spokeswoman confirmed all of the people had been released by 2pm after six appliances, including rope rescue teams, were sent to the incident.

It is understood the lift failed because of a “fault in the system” and an engineer is currently on site to fix the problem.

A special operations team from the Scottish Ambulance Service also attended but confirmed there were no casualties. The alarm was raised at around 10.50am when eleven adults and two children became stuck in a lift travelling to the footbridge connecting the St James Centre and the Greenside Place car park.

A Scottish Fire & Rescue Service spokeswoman confirmed six appliances, including rope rescue teams, are currently on the scene and three people have been freed so far.

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokeswoman also said a special operations team was in attendance but no one had been injured in the incident.