Couple stuck 50-feet up on bungee ride, brought down by fire department

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

Two thrill-seekers were trapped for more than two hours Monday night, dangling 50 feet in the air on a bungee ride at a Northwest Dallas amusement center. They got on the ride around 7:30 p.m., but after the 60-second experience ended, the cables apparently locked up — leaving the couple dangling in mid-air.

Read more from WFAA/Dallas/Ft. Worth.

And thats why many states demand 2-3 redundant safety/back-up systems to prevent this.

I watched the rescue of the second rider live on WFAA. I don't know anything about the mechanics of the ride, but at some point, would it have been quicker and safer to secure the capsule with a crane, detach the cables, and lower the capsule? That just seems a little less complicated than harnessing the riders and transferring them to the bucket lift on a fire truck.

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