The sheriff's office said in a statement that the girl was riding the attraction with a child relative, and fell from a stationary two-person auto.
Video captured at the scene shows her dangling from the two-person gondola as park guests gather below her.
As she dangled in the air, the group of men convinced the girl to let herself drop into their arms. A crowd gathered, many filming, others calling for help.
"I'm just glad we could be there to help", Ms Winchell said. "They'll catch you, honey, go ahead!"
The 14-year-old teenager who fell from the ride is reportedly in "good spirits".
The young girl appeared to be unconscious as she was taken away by medical personnel, first to be treated at the park, and later at the hospital.
Howard received treatment for a minor back injury following the daring rescue and was later released.
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