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Dozens stranded Sunday when power failure stalled SeaWorld ride


One stranded victim took cell phone footage while stuck in the tower.

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Dozens of people were stranded more than 200 feet up on a revolving tower at SeaWorld San Diego for hours Sunday when a power failure stalled the ride, authorities said.

Forty-six visitors and two park employees were on the Skytower when it halted. The ride features a revolving capsule that rises to the top of a 320-foot tower to give visitors a panoramic view.

The capsule stopped about 220 feet up, city fire spokesman Lee Swanson said.

"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," park spokesman David Koontz said in a statement.

After four hours, power was restored and the ride descended shortly before 7:30 p.m.

Firefighters stood by and were prepared to rescue the riders but that proved unnecessary, Swanson said.

No injuries were reported but a 17-year-old boy was taken to a hospital for treatment of anxiety, Swanson said.

The cause of the power failure is under investigation.

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aristocat101 June 30 2014 at 8:45 AM

This happened to tell people to stop going to seaworld and places like it who have captive animals and animals that are mistreated.

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Amy Waz June 30 2014 at 1:06 PM

Stuck for 4 hours? Schucks, they should try being stuck for 40 YEARS, 4 YEARS OR EVEN 4 DAYS. The animals are trapped there for LIFE performing dumb tricks. These guests get to go home animals stay 365 days a year!!

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Diane Amy Waz June 30 2014 at 2:30 PM

Great post. The dolphins & killer whales in captivity in Sea World are going mad because they are trapped in small tanks. They are taken from their mothers when they are infants & put into captivity where they never see the open sea again. That is torture. Watch "Blackfish".

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racjaa Amy Waz June 30 2014 at 2:30 PM

whales don't belong in swimming pools.

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TB June 30 2014 at 12:30 PM

I'm sure there were a few "leaks" taken during that four hours.......ungh.

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Mocs June 30 2014 at 11:45 AM

The dolphins are fighting back!

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Beautiful ! ! ! Mocs June 30 2014 at 7:02 PM

dolphins caused the power outage?

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Diane June 30 2014 at 2:28 PM

Do not patronize Sea World---keeping killer whales & dolphins in captivity is cruel punishment for some of the world's most intelligent creatures. They should be left in the open waters, where they can travel their usual 200+ miles per day. Watch "Blackfish".

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skitzlpk June 30 2014 at 12:08 PM

Having a really active bladder exacerbated by incidents like this, ya sorta hate when stuff like this happens. It's bad enough searching for a restroom in the midst of 10k other people much less helplessly stuck in the air 200'..

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ribuad skitzlpk June 30 2014 at 4:43 PM

LOL, rolling on the floor laughing! I thought about that too.

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ribuad June 30 2014 at 4:40 PM

This is ridiculous, these rides should have backup power supplies. This is the 21st century. Yikes

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impactvqi June 30 2014 at 2:31 PM

the ride does not give you enough time to see the sights and take pictures so this was an Kodak moment for those lucky ones

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katmogie June 30 2014 at 2:21 PM

they don't have a backup power sourse? to leave people up in a confined area is a crime, after a 1 hours they shoud have been removed and their money refunded

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Beautiful ! ! ! katmogie June 30 2014 at 7:02 PM

how were they to be removed? i read they were compensated.
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rude June 30 2014 at 12:47 PM

It could have been a lot worse.....they could have been stranded at Disney World.

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