WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An accident happened at a Florida amusement park on Saturday when the bungee cord on a slingshot ride snapped just seconds before taking off.
- The ride was immediately halted and the ride operators removed its passengers. No one was reported hurt during the incident.
- Reverse bungee rides also called slingshots or ejection seats are favorites at fairs and amusement parks but they are also known to malfunction.
Last weekend, an accident happened at a Florida amusement park when the bungee cord on a slingshot ride snapped just seconds before taking off. The Saturday incident caused a frightening moment caught on camera.
In the video posted on Facebook by Krissy Hurst, two men were seen sitting the Vertical Accelerator ride at the Cobra Adventure Park in Panama City, Fla., as spectators made a count down from 10.
When the operator pulls a lever to start the ride, one of its cables snaps, causing park-goers to scream in horror.
“Holy s***,” one woman behind the camera exclaims. “We just dodged death.”
“Did y’all see that?” the same female was heard saying. “The f****** rope shredded right as they were about to take off.”
The ride was immediately halted and the ride operators removed its passengers. It’s a miracle no one got hurt in the process. Obviously, the riders were frightened by the experience. The amusement park announced the ride is now up and running again.
Reverse bungee rides, also called as slingshots or ejection seats are favorites at fairs and amusement parks. However, these rides are known to malfunction.
At a county fair in Californian in 2017, a bungee ride stopped working, leaving riders suspended in the air for almost thirty minutes. Nineteen-year-old Roger Rodriguez, who was among the passengers, was left hanging upside down by his ankles.
“I was about to pass out,” he told California local newspaper Ventura County Star at the time.
The Royal Caribbean cruise line was sued for $75,000 after a man was injured on a bungee trampoline ride early this year. The plaintiff claimed he fractured his pelvis after falling 20 feet on one of the ship’s attractions called the “Sky Pad.”