40 people rescued from air flight at Southwick Zoo
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MENDON, Mass. (WBZ) — A “sky flight” at the Southwick Zoo crashed Friday, leaving people stranded in the air. In total, about forty people were stranded on the way.
This “Skyfari Sky Ride” spans about a third of the park, giving guests a bird’s eye view of the animal exhibits below.
One of the zoo owners said the ride was closed out of an abundance of caution.
“Our employees at the Skyfari ride noticed a small oil leak and they decided to err on the side of caution and with that they shut down the ride and decided it was best to evacuate the ride,” said Betsey Brewer, owner of Southwick Zoo. . “We had a lot of training to get people out of the race and it went really well.
Firefighters said the zoo managed to get about half of the guests out before they arrived. The other 20 were in hard-to-reach areas.
“We are aware of the journey here, but obviously when it goes through trees, which is great for Southwick Zoo guests, it makes their rescue a little more difficult,” said Mendon Fire Chief Bill Kessler. .
The last person was rescued approximately two hours after the trip was halted.
At its peak, the Sky Ride is about 30 feet in the air, weaving through trees and over animals.
A 7-year-old boy named Sebastian who was rescued said he did his best not to be scared. “It was crazy because it felt like I had never been on a ride that was like broken,” said Sebastian, 7. “I was really confident and tried not to be scared…I was very brave.”
It was about 90 degrees when the ride stopped. No one was hurt.
The zoo does not know how long the ride will be out of service.
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