50 People Rescued from Stuck Revel Resort Elevators

Patrons were forced to climb a 35-foot ladder to get out of the elevator car

Monday, May 27, 2013  |  Updated 8:15 PM EDT
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50 People Forced to Climb Casino Elevator Shafts

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An Atlantic City Boardwalk rolling chair taxi is pushed along the Boardwalk past the Revel casino Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City. Revel announced Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in late March. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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Firefighters came to the rescue after dozens of people got trapped in elevators at an Atlantic City casino over the weekend.

Atlantic City Police tells NBC10.com two elevators got stuck in separate incidents at Revel -- occurring less than an hour apart early Sunday. Fifty patrons were rescued overall, and no injuries were reported.

In both cases, city firefighters guided the patrons up ladders and through dark elevator shafts to safety.

The first call came about 1:30 a.m., with 22 people trapped inside an elevator. Approaching the elevator from floors above, rescuers cut off power before prying open the doors and sending a 35-foot ladder down the shaft.

Four firefighters with safety harnesses then descended onto the cars, attached ropes to the patrons and aided them up the ladder.

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"I'm sure a lot of the people weren't crazy about climbing up a dark ladder in an elevator, and not in a nice environment with all those cables and grease," Atlantic City Fire Chief Dennis Brooks told The Press of Atlantic City.  "They were probably scared if the elevator moves. They were probably a nervous wreck. Our guys did a pretty good job assuring them they'll be all right."

Another elevator with 28 people became stuck a short time later, and a similar rescue played out.

Authorities are still trying to determine why the elevators got stuck. Brooks said there usually are about five or six elevator rescues in the city each year.

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