SeaWorld Ride Strands Dozens 220 Feet Up
SkyTower lost power for hours yesterday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 30, 2014 11:57 AM CDT
SeaWorld's Skytower   (Creative Commons/Phil Snyder)

(Newser) – Dozens of people were stranded more than 200 feet up on a revolving tower at SeaWorld San Diego for hours yesterday when a power failure stalled the ride, authorities said. Forty-six visitors and two park employees were on the Skytower when it halted about 220 feet up. The ride features a revolving capsule that rises to the top of a 320-foot tower to give visitors a panoramic view.

"The guests were never in danger and park officials were in constant communication with them while the power failure was being addressed. Two SeaWorld employees were also in the Skytower providing guests with water and snacks," per a park spokesman. After four hours, power was restored and the ride descended shortly before 7:30pm. No injuries were reported but a 17-year-old boy was taken to a hospital for treatment of anxiety. The cause of the power failure is under investigation.

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Jun 30, 2014 11:20 PM CDT
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Jun 30, 2014 2:48 PM CDT
See, now that's the reason I never go on any of these rides
Jun 30, 2014 1:35 PM CDT
Story says they were there until 7:30pm. Got to see the sunset. I sure hope they had a restroom.