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LA Detective Attempts to Top Guinness World Record on Ferris Wheel

Handout/Pacific Park on The Santa Monica Pier(LOS ANGELES) -- Veteran LAPD detective Gus Martinez boarded the Ferris wheel at California’s Santa Monica Pier Thursday morning, and is now attempting to break a Guinness World Record by riding on a Ferris wheel for 25 hours straight -- even though he is afraid if heights.

“I cannot deal with heights -- absolutely not -- but as long as I don’t look down I will be fine, I just look at the view,” he said.

Martinez, who is attempting the feat to help raise money for athletic programs for persons with disabilities, has been heavily involved with The Special Olympics for 13 years as a volunteer coach.

“I am trying to do this for the organization and to put the word out there to recognize people with disabilities,” he said. “There is nothing but goodness in them and we need to do whatever is in our means to help them.”

His son Jason, who is a Special Olympics swimmer with Down syndrome, and Martinez’s wife, think he may be up for a challenge.

“They think I am crazy but they are supportive of it because it is for a great cause,” he said.

Sponsors Pacific Park and The Special Olympics felt the detective was a perfect fit for the challenge and approached him.

“It took me all of three minutes to say yes,” Martinez said.  “The Southern California Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run kicked off this morning when I began this ride.  The torch is mounted to my gondola and tomorrow when the ride ends someone from my squad will run the torch up the pier to the Santa Monica police department.”

Martinez explains the torch will then be carried to several polices stations for the next 10 days until it ultimately reaches Cal State Long Beach for the summer games on June 11-12.

In order for Martinez to beat the existing record of 24 hours and 30 minutes set in Dublin last October, he has to follow a few rules.  The most important rule calls for disqualification if he falls asleep.  He also must take a five minute break every hour.  Should Martinez pass on the break, the five minutes will be carried over to take a longer break.

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Girl, 11, Dies After Falling From Ferris Wheel on Jersey Shore

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(WILDWOOD, N.J.) -- An 11-year-old girl died Friday when she fell from a Ferris wheel at Wildwood pier on the New Jersey shore, the Cape May County prosecutor's office said.

The middle-school student fell from the Giant Wheel at Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier about 12:30 p.m. while the wheel was in motion, Capt. Robert Regalbuto of the Wildwood Police Department told the Press of Atlantic City. She fell more than 100 feet and was airlifted to Cape Regional Medical Center.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutor said she was unable to say how the accident occurred. "It's still under investigation," she said.

Morey's Piers said in a statement, "The exact cause of the incident has not been determined, but at this time does not appear to be mechanical in nature."

The girl's name has yet to be released.

The amusement park was busy during its annual Education Extravaganza.

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