2 teens rescued from Kissimmee slingshot ride after cable breaks

Ride malfunctions at Old Town

Slingshot attractions close after 2 teens rescued when cable breaks
Slingshot attractions close after 2 teens rescued when cable breaks

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Two teens were rescued from the Old Town slingshot ride in Kissimmee after one of the cables broke Thursday night, according to Osceola County Fire Rescue.

Crews said a non-load-bearing cable broke during the ride.

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The ride was about 30 to 40 feet in the air during the rescue.

Investigators said as a safety precaution, the ride can’t lower the pod below 30 feet when the cable is not functioning.

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Posted by Osceola County Fire Rescue and EMS on Thursday, March 25, 2021

The riders refused medical treatment.

Firefighters from the Osceola County Fire Rescue and Kissimmee Fire Department assisted in the rescue.

Workers returned to the site Friday morning to investigate what caused the malfunction.

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, the attraction is owned and operated by Old Town Slingshot and was originally permitted in November 2001. The ride was last inspected March 19, and no issues were identified, the agency said.

John Stine, the director of marketing and sales for Old Town Slingshot, said the riders were safe during the incident.

“The ride is designed with redundancy, so if something like this does happen, it’s very unusual to begin with, but if it does, then we have a backup system and everything went fine. The only unfortunate situation is they were suspended on the ride for a few hours,” Stine said.

He said the company does daily inspections and the state conducts inspections twice each year.

2 teens rescued from Kissimmee slingshot ride after cable breaks
2 teens rescued from Kissimmee slingshot ride after cable breaks

“We do not open a ride until it’s fully inspected and it was fully inspected and it was good to go,” Stine said.

State officials said there are four of slingshot attractions in Florida with locations in Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Orlando and Panama City Beach. All four have been closed by the state as a precaution while the manufacturer conducts an investigation. The rides will not reopen until the state consults with the manufacturer and conducts a subsequent inspection, officials said.

“(There is) no timetable. We’ll do it when everything is done the way it needs to be done,” Stine said.


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