Malfunction leaves riders on Ocean Park attraction suspended in mid-air

15 people, including kids, were left suspended on the Wild Twister, after the ride glitched. Photo via Apple Daily
15 people, including kids, were left suspended on the Wild Twister, after the ride glitched. Photo via Apple Daily

A ride malfunction at Ocean Park left about a dozen people suspended in mid-air as park staff rushed to fix the glitch.

The Wild Twister ride froze at around 2:30 pm Tuesday, according to Apple Daily. At the time, there were 15 people on the attraction, including kids.

A park goer, surnamed Chung, told the local outlet that he was lining up for the ride when the bug happened. An announcement reminding riders to sit tight and hold on to the grips blared as staff dispersed those who were in the queue, explaining that there was a malfunction.

“They looked pretty scared. Somebody screamed,” Chung said, adding that the people at the highest point of the ride looked to be about three stories above ground.

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The riders were suspended in the air for about eight minutes before staff managed to fix the glitch.

The Wild Twister is one of the newer attractions at the park, opening in December 2019. It was built by a Dutch amusement ride manufacturer Mondial.

In 2018, staff had to evacuate 25 riders on the Dragon, one of the park’s iconic rolle coasters, after it ground to a halt just before reaching the end platform.

The roller coaster was fenced off for the rest of the afternoon and reopened the next day.

The Dragon ceased operation earlier this year and has been removed from the attractions list on the park’s website. Ocean Park announced in January that it would be retiring a number of rides as part of an overhaul, which will see the introduction of a free-to-enter entertainment area and the scrapping of ticket entrance fees.

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