SeaWorld gondola ride turns into harrowing, hours-long ordeal for 16 passengers

Gregorczyk more than a dozen people are trapped on a ride at Sea World Monday Feb. 18 2019 in San Diego. San Diego police tell FOX5 News that around six gondolas stopped functioning Monday night after a big gust of wind

Gregorczyk more than a dozen people are trapped on a ride at Sea World Monday Feb. 18 2019 in San Diego. San Diego police tell FOX5 News that around six gondolas stopped functioning Monday night after a big gust of wind

Jonathan Sherr told the outlet he was on the Bayside Skyride with his teenage son when wind began aggressively rocking their gondola.

Around six gondolas stopped functioning on Monday night after a gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on the Bayside Skyride, police in the USA city told FOX5 News.

16 people have been rescued from the Bayside Skyride gondola ride at SeaWorld San Diego after they became trapped there due to a gust of wind somehow tripping a circuit breaker, according to San Diego Fire Department.

Authorities said that 16 people were trapped, some of them in gondolas suspended above the water in Mission Bay.

Two 12-year-old girls who had barely made it off the ride before it malfunctioned remained stranded in a parking lot while they waited for family members who were stuck on the ride.

The San Diego Fire Department said in a series of posts on Twitter that some people had to be lowered by harnesses and rescued by San Diego Lifeguards boats. One of those trapped was an infant and at least seven were juveniles.

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"I looked up at the cable, and right when I was looking up at the cable shaking violently, we just stopped", he told the television station. "They should've just told us to walk out because it was windy, we could've fallen off, something could've happened".

In a statement, SeaWorld said the gondolas had small blankets on board.

"We'd like to applaud San Diego Fire & Rescue and San Diego Lifeguards for the professionalism during tonight's evacuation operation", Koontz said. There are also blankets on board each gondola.

SeaWorld for its part announced it would "conduct a thorough inspection of the ride prior to re-opening", and apologized for the inconvenience caused.

It was 49 degrees at the theme park around 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

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