Group of seven trapped in RSL lift
IMAGINE being stuck in a lift with seven people, the emergency phone is dead and the air-con is broken.
It sounds like the script to a movie - but what they initially thought would be a minute or two wait turned out to be more than an hour.
Bundaberg woman Lexie Vowles describes the scene as she went to leave a Legacy event at the RSL at the weekend.
She said she and her table of seven were ushered to the lift after a water leak had wet the stairs.
"The fire brigade had been called and the stairs were deemed to be unsafe," she said.
Ms Vowles said her party moved into the lift and pressed the ground button when the lift moved down before stopping abruptly.
"We laughed and joked about it, but after a period of time, we realised it wasn't going to go," she said.
Ms Vowles said the emergency phone did not work and a woman in the lift was "really distressed".
"Apparently no one (at the RSL) had a key (for the lift)," she said.
With three men and four women in the lift, Ms Vowles said the temperature skyrocketed.
"I took my stockings and shoes off and the men took their coats and ties off.
Ms Vowles said a man in the lift consoled his wife.
"But the sweat was dripping off them," she said.
The woman said the fire brigade arrived and pried the door open with a wooden chock.
"It was like heaven, but then they were told to close it," she said.
"We wanted them to rip the doors open, we said 'Get a crowbar and rip the doors open'.
One hour and 10 minutes later, Ms Vowles said maintenance arrived with a key and "released" them.
RSL general manager Col Rankin said the incident was "unfortunate" but out of the RSL's control.
The RSL is investigating.