Sea to Sky Gondola closed due to ‘major lift incident’

Sea to sky gondola collapse

Sea to sky gondola collapse

A post on the Sea to Sky Gondola website said it would be closed for "the foreseeable future" and directed inquiries to the Squamish RCMP.

Staff at the popular tourist attraction say they were alerted to the incident at around 4:30 a.m. after the haul rope for the gondola cabins broke.

She says the gondola wasn't operating at the time and nobody was injured.

"We believe the cables were cut and this was a deliberate act of vandalism", said Squamish RCMP Inspector Kara Triance, according to CNN news partner CBC. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

Each cabin holds up to eight people.

"This is something that happened less than 12 hours ago, so the long-term business planning is certainly not something that is priority for us right now", he said.

MacKay said Mounties were called to the area shortly after 8:45 a.m.

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In a statement to NEWS 1130, a Technical Safety BC spokesperson said they are aware of the incident.

"Our safety officers are now investigating the incident. We're unable to speculate on causes until after our investigation is complete", the statement reads.

The Squamish RCMP is asking people to stay away from the area while the investigation is underway, including keeping off nearby trails.

Sea to Sky Gondola general manager Kirby Brown declined an interview Saturday.

According to the CBC, nearly all of the 30 cars attached to the cable fell to the ground.

The agency says there were no significant safety hazards or technical failures identified in either inspection by the safety officer.

Between 1,500 and 3,000 guests visit the gondola each day during the summer season, Bailey said.

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