State shuts down Knott's Berry Farm's Windseeker rideby Leah Zanolla
Sep 22, 2012
by Tom Bell
On September 19, 20 guests were trapped for several hours on Knott's Berry Farm's Windseeker. This is the second time this month that guests gave been stranded 300 feet in the air, prompting state officials to close the ride indefinitely.
Windseeker takes riders in swing-like chairs about 300 feet in the air and rotates at a 45-degree angle, offering a panoramic view of the Orange County area.
The state Division Occupational Safety and Health plans to look at the cause of the incidents, as well as why it took so long to rescue guests. Currently, crews have to use a crank to manually raise guests to the top of the tower, then a mechanic must climb to the top to release the brake.
Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., Knott's parent company, has Windseeker rides in six of its theme parks and has also experienced problems in its North Carolina and Ohio parks.
According to Knott's spokesperson Jennifer Blazey, riders were offered T-shirts and a free chicken dinner when they reached the ground.
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