NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – About 100 guests spent two and a half hours stuck on the lower observation platform in the lower Niagara River below the Horseshoe Falls Friday afternoon after a problem with the elevator at the Journey Behind the Falls attraction at the Table Rock complex, the Niagara Parks Police Service reported.

At about 1:43 p.m. the police dispatch received a call about the elevator system malfunctioning. Two members of the Parks Police High Angle River Team trained to rappel down the gorge in emergency situations were dispatched to the observation tower to check on the stranded patrons.

Firemen of the Niagara Falls Fire Department assisted in lowering supplies to the waiting patrons, including bottled water, blankets and energy bars.

Niagara EMS bicycle paramedics and related staffers were called to the scene as a precaution but no health problems or injuries developed and at about 4:15 p.m. technicians got the elevator working and the patrons were returned to ground level.