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SeaWorld San Diego's Skyride reopens after months-long closure

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Posted at 1:15 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 16:17:25-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- SeaWorld San Diego’s Skyride reopened Wednesday after a ‘”gust of significant wind” caused the ride to close in mid-February.

According to SeaWorld, the park, along with the ride’s manufacturer and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health inspected various parts of the ride over the last several months, including the towers, gondolas, ride cables and various other equipment.

SeaWorld says the ride’s communication cable was also replaced.

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On February 18, high winds caused the ride to shut down, trapping 16 people high above Mission Bay.

Rescue efforts lasted roughly from 7:30 p.m. until midnight.

“We’re very excited to reopen the Skyride, but before doing so, we were going to ensure it was back to working perfectly,” said Marilyn Hannes, SeaWorld San Diego park president.

“Skyride has been a guest favorite for more than 50 years, and I’m thrilled that we can once again open this ride, which for many visitors is a very nostalgic experience. I was just a kid when I first rode Skyride, and I’m happy that I can ride it now with my grandchildren.”

The ride first opened in San Diego in 1967.