SCARE: Bungee cord shreds on slingshot ride at Florida park

Video records incident at Cobra Adventure Park in Panama City Beach


PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Guests at a Florida amusement park got quite the scare over the weekend when a bungee cord attached to a slingshot ride broke just before they were about to be launched into the air.

WMBB-TV reported that the incident happened Saturday night at Cobra Adventure Park in Panama City Beach.

According to the report, two passengers were strapped into the Vertical Accelerator ride, and an employee was about to launch them when the cord shredded. No one was injured.

Krissy Hurst recorded video of the incident and told Fox 13 that the riders were an acquaintance and his brother-in-law.

As the line snapped, Hurst said she couldn't help but laugh at the riders' stunned reactions. She said they are still "completely freaked out."

Hurst said the park gave a refund to the riders but felt that nobody was apologetic.

Officials at Cobra Adventure Park did not immediately comment.

The Vertical Accelerator and Cobra Adventure Park are not affiliated with the Orlando Slingshot or Slingshot Group of Companies, which operates the Funtime Handels-trademarked Slingshot attractions in Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach and Panama City Beach.

"There is nothing more important to us than creating a safe, secure and memorable experience for our guests," said Ritchie Armstrong, partner of Slingshot Group of Companies. "For that reason, our trademarked Slingshot attractions have always maintained the highest safety standards, which includes the use of industrial steel cables rather than rubber cables and the Funtime-patented Spring Machine device in all of its Slingshot attractions. These features, plus an ongoing commitment to implement the latest technologies ensure our guests a secure yet thrilling ride experience."