Swedish woman in Copenhagen ferris wheel suicide: park

A Swedish woman in her 50s plunged to her death from atop a ferris wheel at Copenhagen's Tivoli amusement park on Monday in what appeared to be a suicide, a park official said.

“According to the preliminary investigation, the victim committed suicide by jumping from the ferris wheel when it was 18.5 metres (61 feet) up,” in full view of other park goers, spokeswoman Stine Lolk told AFP.

The victim’s identity was not disclosed.

The ride was shut down pending a police investigation in order to determine that it was indeed a suicide and not an accident.

Lolk said Monday’s death was the only one ever recorded on the ferris wheel since it entered into service in 1949.

Tivoli, which opened in 1843, is Europe’s third-largest amusement park after EuroDisney in Paris and Blackpool in Britain.