SAN ANTONIO — Some SeaWorld guests got way more of a ride than they expected on the “Wave Breaker Rescue Coaster” Sunday afternoon when they had to be rescued by the San Antonio Fire Department.
The call for help went out just before 1pm when about a dozen people riding the three-year-old attraction were stranded on a very tall section of the ride.
The SeaWorld website says the tallest peak on the ride is 61 feet above the park’s lake and when everything is going well, guests can zip along at 44 miles per hour.
The Fire Department sent their technical rescue squad for the high altitude effort. The firefighters gingerly brought the riders down, safely, one by one.
With patience and the help of a very long ladder, everyone was rescued from the “Rescue Coaster,” but the effort took several hours.
In a statement Monday morning, a SeaWorld spokesperson apologized for the inconvenience to the guests.
The full statement is below:
“Yesterday at 12:51pm the Wave Breaker roller coaster stopped during the ride. Thirteen guests were onboard. Consistent with our established safety protocols we worked with the San Antonio Fire Department to safely evacuate all guests on the ride. We apologize for the guest inconvenience. The safety of our employees and guests is our top priority.”
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