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San Diego SeaWorld ride malfunctions in the hard wind, stranding 16 hours

connectVideo16 passengers rescued from the stranded cable car in SeaWorld

Adults, children and babies were picked by first responders after being left hanging over the water in San Diego.

More than a dozen guests wound up trapped on a gondola ride at SeaWorld in San Diego on a Monday after an “unexpected gust of key wind” caused the ride to shut down.

The Bayside Skyride stopped functioning after wind blown fuse around 7:22 a.m., San Diego police told FOX5.

Jonathan Sherr, who was on the ride, told NBC7 the wind “just started rocking the car.”

“I looked up at the cable, and right when I was watching the cable shaking violently, we just stopped,” he said in the tv channel.

In this photo taken by Kasia Gregorczyk, more than a dozen people are stranded on a ride at SeaWorld, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, in San Diego.
(Kasia Gregorczyk via AP)

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A total of 16 riders were stuck in five gondolas, some of which were suspended above the Bay of the command. Of the guests on the trip seven children, including a baby, FOX5 reported.

In this photo taken by Kasia Gregorczyk, more than a dozen people are stranded on a ride at SeaWorld, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, in San Diego.
(Kasia Gregorczyk via AP)

The San Diego Fire Department said in a series of posts on Twitter that some people had to be reduced by armor, and rescued by San Diego Lifeguards boats.

The rescue was completed by 11 a.m. and no injuries were reported, fire officials said.

“All 16 people trapped in the gondola are safely on the ground,” the fire department said. “Great job by our Technical Rescue Team of firefighters, @SDLifeguards & support staff.”

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

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SeaWorld told Fox News in a statement on the gondolas had blankets on board, and evacuations were carried out in accordance with the “highest safety standards.”

“Guest safety is our highest priority,” SeaWorld said in a statement. “Once our guests are taken care of, we will conduct a thorough inspection of the ride prior to the reopening. We apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused for the guests.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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