Knott's Berry Farm WindSeeker strands riders at top of ride for hours.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:04 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

The Knott's Berry Farm WindSeeker stopped working around 4 p.m. when the ride's "safety security system activated," causing it to come to a halt, park officials said. Twenty riders were stranded about 300 feet in the air near the top of the ride, according to Jennifer Blazey, spokeswoman for the park. By 7:30 p.m., the ride had been manually lowered about half way to the ground. At 7:40 p.m., the group -- which appeared to range in age from teenage to adult -- walked off the swings.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:32 AM

In the words of John Fogerty...and Yogi Berra...it's deja vu all over again.

Isn't this about the third or fourth Stuck-Seeker incident?

*EDIT*..Sorry..saw this before the thread on General Buzz. I hadn't known about the CP incident, but didn't Carowinds' get stuck for several hours earlier this season, too?

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:43 AM
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Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:16 AM

Short answer - yeah, about two months ago. Look at the upload dates in these results.

It appears to have happened at at least Carowinds, Canada's Wonderland, Cedar Point, Knott's... in some cases several times, at varying elevations.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:33 AM

What a nightmare. They really should have designed a much faster method for manually lowering it or some sort of backup. I hope nobody had to go #2.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:46 AM

You'd think they would evaluate their methods of retrieving guests from 300 feet after the last incident two weeks ago, so that it wouldn't take three hours to do it again. What a bunch of boneheads.

Last edited by bjames, Thursday, September 20, 2012 12:02 PM
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Thursday, September 20, 2012 5:06 PM

You're assuming there is a better system. Sometimes things just are what they are. Calling people boneheads when you know nothing about the ride makes you look stupid.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012 7:00 PM

What scares me is that this ride is going into a LOT of parks. Many more potential incidents. Is it a design flaw, or something else ?

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Thursday, September 20, 2012 8:02 PM

Of course, if you really need to get riders down quickly, there's always the Space Spiral method... ;~)

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Thursday, September 20, 2012 9:02 PM

Pete said:

You're assuming there is a better system. Sometimes things just are what they are. Calling people boneheads when you know nothing about the ride makes you look stupid.

If they can't ensure people's safety, and cannot correct a recurring problem with the ride, then the ride should not be operational. These people are boneheads because they are imprudent. Explaining away something like this as "it is what it is" makes YOU look stupid.

Last edited by bjames, Thursday, September 20, 2012 9:03 PM
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Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:02 PM

The result may be reoccurring, but the cause may not be.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:18 PM

This was not a safety issue, the riders were not in danger. Perhaps it took a long time to get riders down because they were being extremely prudent to ensure the evacuation method didn't cause a problem which potentially could put riders in danger. Like I said bjames, you know nothing about the ride. I don't think you are in a position to judge if the ride should be operational, how riders should be removed or if the park is run by boneheads. Being judgmental about something you are not familiar with is not credible.

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Friday, September 21, 2012 12:05 AM

If Pete gets any angrier, he just might HULK OUT! lol

No need to get so offended about someone's opinion that the people running Cedar Fair are "Boneheads", Pete. If you were stable, you could simply say that you disagree and move on to more important issues. You are cracking me up.

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Friday, September 21, 2012 2:25 AM

This actually made the national evening news in Canada tonight!

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Friday, September 21, 2012 9:32 AM

Hey Kause, I'm not angry or offended - just hate when people talk like they know something when they don't have a clue. Similarly, about Obama - never mind, wrong forum.

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Friday, September 21, 2012 9:47 AM

I didn't read Pete's posts as angry or get the impression he was offended. He's just calling someone out for making a bold statement. That's what happens around here. I'm sure if bjames can show he knows there was a better way to get the people down that was arbitrarily dismissed by the park, then Pete would concede the bonehead remark.

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Friday, September 21, 2012 10:24 AM

To Pete's point, we don't know what the mitigating circumstances were for leaving them up there that long. I think that's extraordinarily problematic, for sure, but unless they tell us what was up, we'll never know.

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Friday, September 21, 2012 10:38 AM

I agree. But in addition to that, I think it's pretty safe to assume that the park's first interest in a situation like that is to get the guests down safely as fast as possible. Therefore, that it took that long, likely means there was a legitimate reason.

Do I think at this point the chain really needs to look at these rides and the problems they are causing? Absolutely. Do I think for one second that they are placing guest safety and well-being at risk arbitrarily? No way.

And I'm just curious... what methods can there be to evacuate a ride at 300 feet? If anyone asked me to slide out of a Windseeker seat to transition to a rescue basket at 300 feet in the air... well, let's just say it wouldn't go smoothly. :-)

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Friday, September 21, 2012 10:44 AM

Yeah, I think I'd rather sit and wait it out over climbing into a basket. Even with a harness and other safety measures in place, I'd be shaking too bad to be able to do anything like that, and if I slipped and was dangling by a cable, I'd have to buy new pants.

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Friday, September 21, 2012 10:54 AM

Safety issue: stuck 300 feet in the air, coupled with fear of heights=peeing pants, sitting on hard wet seat for three hours. That would be my issue, anyway. Hehe...

Not to mention the consequences of a racing heart and pumping adrenaline constantly for that length of time...yes, this issue needs to be thoroughly examined.

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Friday, September 21, 2012 10:55 AM

Raven-Phile: as would any firefighters standing directly below you.

(Bunky snuck in on me.)

Last edited by Ensign Smith, Friday, September 21, 2012 10:56 AM
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