A man and his son were on a trip to the Gatorland theme park in Orlando when it turned into a frightening experience.
The father and son were on a zip line when it suddenly stopped midway through the ride.
Friend of mine at Gatorland with his son to go zip lining. Spotted a different father and son stuck on the line – high above several alligators WESH 2 NewsPosted by Stewart Moore on Saturday, July 7, 2018
WESH anchor Stewart Moore caught the whole incident on camera as he can be heard saying, “You really think you’re having a bad day? Lemme show you what a real bad day looks like.”
In the video, the man and child can be seen dangling 40 feet above an alligator pool. It can be seen that both were clutching on the ropes and harnesses for dear life.
But luckily, the theme park attendants were able to pull them back to safety before anything worse could happen.
Posted by Stewart Moore on Saturday, July 7, 2018
The manager of the zip line ride, Nick Cahippina, was interviewed by Moore and revealed that the father and child were not in danger as this happens “quite often” and employees have been trained for these situations.
He also said that the pair were stuck on the ride for about 10 minutes longer than most riders who get stranded due to their weight.
After the incident, Gatorland issued a statement to the public, explaining why the ride had malfunctioned.
“On Saturday, July 7th, the zip line experience at Gatorland stopped midway with a father and child aboard during one of the scheduled rides. This was due to the gravity breaking system that stopped the two riders just short of the landing tower. This happens from time to time based on the weight of the riders and the direction of the wind. At no time was anyone in danger. Our zip line staff is highly trained to handle a variety of possible situations. A zip line staffer on the receiving tower immediately hooked himself on the line and retrieved the two people by pulling them to the landing area,” reads the full statement from the theme park.