Theme park visitors in Florida were stuck on the Sky Tower ride at SeaWorld Orlando Monday afternoon, WKMG reported. An industrial accident was reported at 1:22 p.m. EST at Sea Harbor Drive, according to the Orange County Fire Rescue active calls site, and the ride was reportedly lowered to the ground around 3:30 p.m.
“We are working closely with Orange County Fire Rescue to quickly and safely remove all guests from the ride. We are in constant communication with the guests and team members on the ride, and all passengers are safe. The safety of our guests and team members is SeaWorld’s top priority,” SeaWorld said in a statement.
Fifteen firefighters worked with SeaWorld staff to get the riders back on the ground, and a firefighter was lifted up to the ride to ensure there were no medical emergencies.
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The Sky Tower, which opened in 1973, is reportedly the tallest observation tower in Florida at 400 feet. It has a double-decker rotating pod that guests board at ground level and ride up to the top, WKMG reported. Riders were stuck a little less than halfway up the structure Monday.
"Get a seabird’s eye view of Orlando during this leisurely capsule ride, and take a load off as you plot the rest of your day in the park," SeaWorld said on its website.