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Shuttered Knott's ride gets evacuation equipment

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POSTED March 21, 2013 9:19 p.m.


BUENA PARK  (AP) — Knott's Berry Farm has installed an evacuation system on its Windseeker ride, which was shut down after riders were stranded 300 feet high twice last year.

A Knott's spokesperson tells the Orange County Register the new system includes a cage that mechanically ascends up the ride's shaft in the event that riders get stuck. The cage can take riders down four at a time.

The Windseeker, designed by Dutch-based Mondial, is a swing ride that takes people 300 feet in the air and twirls them at up to a 45-degree angle for about 60 seconds.

The ride malfunctioned twice last year, most dramatically in September when a frozen brake left 20 riders stranded for hours until they could be safely brought down.

The ride is still closed.

 

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