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Thursday 28 August 2014

50 stranded 220 feet in the air for four hours after power failure stops ride at SeaWorld

Published 30/06/2014 | 07:02

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Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California. The battle over a proposed ban in California on using killer whales in entertainment shows at amusement parks like SeaWorld stepped up on Monday, as animal rights activists converged on Sacramento to present petitions they said were signed by 1.2 million people worldwide.   REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files
Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California. The battle over a proposed ban in California on using killer whales in entertainment shows at amusement parks like SeaWorld stepped up on Monday, as animal rights activists converged on Sacramento to present petitions they said were signed by 1.2 million people worldwide. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files

Almost 50 people were stranded for hours when a ride broke down at SeaWorld San Diego in the United States.

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City fire spokesman Lee Swanson says 46 visitors and two park employees were on the Skytower when a power failure halted the revolving, climbing capsule as it climbed the tower and left everyone about 220 feet in the air.

The park says its officials were in constant communication and the employees in the Skytower provided water and snacks to the guests during the incident yesterday.

After four hours, power was restored and the ride descended shortly before 7.30pm local time.

No injuries are reported but Mr Swanson says a 17-year-old boy was treated at a hospital for anxiety.

The cause of the power failure is under investigation.

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