BUENA PARK, Calif. (AP) — Twenty riders expecting a short thrill were left dangling at 300 feet for nearly four hours when the Windseeker ride at Southern California's Knott's Berry Farm amusement park stalled.
Knott's said in a statement that the ride, which lifts fun-seekers high over the park with their legs dangling and spins them in a circle, came to a stop when its security system activated at about 4 p.m. Wednesday.
"They didn't tell me that in the brochure," said Jimmy Garrison, a tourist from Baltimore who was stuck on the ride as he left the park hours later with a souvenir T-shirt that read "I SURVIVED WINDSEEKER."
TV cameras showed riders sitting calmly as they dangled and the sun set, some casually swinging their legs.
"They were on the PA system and they were telling us 'be patient with us,' and that sort of thing," Garrison told KTTV-TV. "I was looking over at the steel cables, they're about that thick,' he said, holding his thumb and forefinger several inches apart, "there's a whole bunch of them so I know you can't fall."
Garrison's wife Donna said her husband kept her from having a totally traumatic experience.
"I have a fear of heights so that first half-hour was a little bit daunting," she said. "But he's a great coach. He talked me through it."
Maintenance workers brought all the riders safely to the ground between 7:30 and 8, long after the park had closed and night had fallen.
Knott's says the ride, which also left riders hanging on Sept. 7, will remain closed while the cause is investigated.
Donna Garrison said she and her husband were returning to the park on Friday. Asked if she'd try out the Windseeker again, she replied "Oh, no, no no."
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is asking for drivers to be aware of lane restrictions on Interstate 70 through Dec. 14.
After thanksgiving many put up lights and trees to kick off the Christmas season, but there's a price tag on spreading holiday joy. One local man spoke about his large scale lighting display and just how much it's costing him.
On this nationally observed Giving Tuesday, folks in the Wabash Valley were offered reassurance their donated dollars to charities are, in fact, helping local needy families, and not being wasted on expenditures like operating costs or a …
Sunday, December 8th will mark the one year anniversary since 85 year old Lowell R. Badger was found dead on the bedroom floor of his Sullivan County home.
An anonymous tip leads to a meth related arrest.
An accident on Interstate 70 lands four people in the hospital.