16 people rescued after spending hours trapped on SeaWorld ride

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities said all 16 people trapped on a ride at SeaWorld in San Diego have been rescued.

San Diego police told FOX5 News that around six gondolas stopped functioning Monday night after a big gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on “Bayside Skyride” at Mission Bay.

Authorities had earlier estimated that between 15 and 30 people were trapped, some of them in gondolas suspended above water.

RAW: People rescued from stalled SeaWorld gondolas in San Diego

Riders included an infant and someone who was partially paralyzed.

The riders were lowered by harnesses and rescued by lifeguard boats. They were then evaluated by medical crews.

SeaWorld said in a statement that it will conduct a thorough inspection of the ride prior to reopening.

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SEAWORLD RESCUE UPDATE: All 16 persons trapped in the gondola ride are safe on the ground. Great job by our Technical Rescue Team firefighters, @SDLifeguards & support staff.


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The National Weather Service says it was about 49 degrees in San Diego at the time.

SeaWorld said the gondolas had blankets on board.

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