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Father says he thought he was going to die on stopped SeaWorld ride

Posted at 6:32 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 21:32:48-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A father is speaking out after being stuck on a SeaWorld ride for several hours in the cold Monday night.

In video from the incident, 15-year-old Jordan Sherr can be heard shivering in the cold as temperatures plummeted into the low 40s.

Jordan and his dad Jonathan were in a gondola on the Bayside Skyride when, two minutes into the ride, a huge gust of wind blew into the bay.

“40-50 miles per-hour, blowing us around, looked up and saw the cables going spastic. Wondering what was going when it snapped shut, shaking us at a 45-degree angle back and forth,” said Jonathan Sherr.

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For a few terrifying moments, Sherr says he thought it was the end.

“We thought we were going to plummet to our deaths. We said a few prayer, told each other we loved each other, then we decided to come up with a game plan, assessed height of water and decided it was a no go,” Sherr said.

Their fears weren’t realized and, eventually, the gondola stabilized and they began to record cellphone video.

“We're like a hundred feet up, over shallow water yea,” Sherr said.

Over the next five hours, Sherr says they heard messages from staff at SeaWorld over a loudspeaker before firefighters came to the rescue.

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Sherr said it was so dark they couldn’t see the other gondolas and it was cold. Jonathan, who has suffered a stroke, says he stiffens up in the cold.

He was able to cover up with a blanket located in the gondola. After five hours, it was their turn to be rescued. They were the last to be rescued. Jordan went first, followed by Jonathan.