Riders stranded for two hours on Carowinds’ tallest ride

jself@heraldonline.comJuly 14, 2012 

— Riders of Carowinds’ newest attraction caught an extended skyline view today when a safety system brought the ride to a halt.

About 25 riders of the WindSeeker spent about two and a half hours on the “flying machine” after a safety system activated, bringing the ride to a gradual stop at the top of the 301-foot tower, said Chris Kirby, Carowinds director of marketing, in a release.

The park’s maintenance and safety teams brought the riders down. No injuries were reported, Kirby said.

Most of the time was spent in a stationary position about 30 feet in the air, Kirby said.

WindSeeker opened this spring as the tallest ride in the park, which is located in Fort Mill and extends into North Carolina.

Sitting in swing-like units riders, with legs dangling, spin around the 301-foot tower. As the ride rises it spins faster and faster, reaching a top speed of 30 mph.

Kirby did not immediately return email requests for details on what caused the ride to stop. Carowinds rides are inspected daily before the park opens, according to park officials.

Jamie Self 803-329-4062

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