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Riders rescued from SeaWorld's Tidal Twister coaster

Posted at 6:38 AM, Dec 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-28 16:13:55-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Firefighters rescued two SeaWorld San Diego visitors from the park's Tidal Twister attraction Friday.

The attraction was stopped at the passenger loading and unloading dock and crews spent at least an hour trying to free the guests from the ride, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue. SDFD said they responded to the call at 10 p.m. and that crews had been working to free the passengers since 9 p.m.

A SeaWorld spokesperson, however, told 10News it took less time to get the riders off the attraction.

According to SeaWorld, the ride will undergo an inspection with the ride's manufacturer and Cal/OSHA.

"Guest safety is our top priority. SeaWorld’s Tidal Twister roller coaster experienced an issue that required the assistance of the San Diego Fire & Rescue to help safely removed two park guests from the ride. The guest removal was conducted in accordance with the highest safety standards and practiced procedures. SeaWorld will conduct a thorough inspection of the ride in conjunction with the ride manufacturer and the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health prior to re-opening. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused our guests," a statement from SeaWorld Communications Director David Koontz said.


None of the riders were injured. The ride will be closed Saturday.

The incident comes nearly a month after more than 30 people were freed from Tidal Twister after the attraction stopped in the middle of the ride on Nov. 30. None of those passengers were injured.

Tidal Twister guests ride on a 16-person coaster traveling along a figure-eight track at about 30 miles-per-hour. The ride then sends guests into a zero-gravity roll in the center of the track, according to the park.