Six people were rushed to hospital after an incident on a funfair ride in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 6pm after they received reports that a ride had collapsed.

Three children are among those taken to hospital but it is understood none of those hurt in the incident have life-threatening injuries.

A number of other children suffered injuries to their legs, but did not require hospital treatment.

Four emergency crews, a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance attended the scene.

The funfair was closed following the incident.

In a statement issued today, Planet Fun said: "Following a preliminary investigation by the Health & Safety Executive, Planet Fun have been cleared to reopen and it is confirmed the equipment has not got any mechanical defects.

"We will however be keeping the star flyer closed pending further safety checks and investigation.

"At this time we cannot comment any further on the incident but would extend our thoughts and best wishes to the people who were injured."

Emergency crews at the scene (pic: Chloe St John)

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said in a statement: "NIAS received a 999 call at 17:53 reporting that a number of people had sustained injuries following the collapse of a ride at the scene. Initial reports of numbers appear to have been inaccurate.

"NIAS dispatched four emergency crews, a rapid response paramedic and an ambulance officer to the scene.

"Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, two patients have been taken to Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, two to Royal Victoria Hospital, one adult to Antrim Area Hospital and one child to Antrim Area Hospital - none with life threatening injuries.

"A number of patients were discharged at the scene. It is not anticipated that any others will require hospital attendance."

Stormont's Minister for Health, Robin Swann, said: "Our blue light services have responded to an incident tonight at a funfair in Carrick, it was reported that a ride at the fair collapsed and there were several casualties.

"A number of people, including children, were taken to hospital and thankfully none have life threatening injuries.

"My thoughts are with all who have been injured and affected by this incident. I wish everyone a speedy recovery and I want to sincerely thank the ambulance, paramedics and fire crews that responded so rapidly to what could have been something more tragic."