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Knott's WindSeeker leaves riders dangling for hours 300 feet up

September 20, 2012 |  6:57 am

Twenty Knott's Berry Farm visitors spent 3½ hours dangling 300 feet in the air after the WindSeeker ride malfunctioned Wednesday.

Maintenance workers brought down the passengers, who became stuck when the WindSeeker halted midway through the ride about 4 p.m., said Jennifer Blazey, senior publicist for Knott's.

The ride came to a halt after a security system activated. There were no injuries.

The WindSeeker will remain closed while Knott's investigates the cause of the incident, according to a statement from the amusement park.

Each Knott's ride is inspected daily, according to the statement.

"It was quite an experience," rider Donna Garrison told KABC-TV. "The first half an hour was pretty rough on me. I have a fear of heights. I was on it because my husband wanted to train me to get over my fear of heights. By the end, I was."

The WindSeeker also malfunctioned earlier this month, stopping for about three hours on Sept. 7, Blazey said.

The WindSeeker goes in a circular motion, taking passengers 300 feet into the air at 25 mph in two-person gondolas.


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