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Visitors to SeaWorld's 'Sky Tower' Get Stranded in Mid-Air

by Tim Stelloh /  / Updated 

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Visitors at SeaWorld Orlando were stranded in mid-air Monday on the park’s 400-foot "Sky Tower" for approximately two hours.

No was seriously hurt in the ordeal, and as emergency workers conducted a rescue operation, passengers waved to an aerial camera operated by NBC station WESH.

The 42-year-old tower features a slowly-ascending, double-decker rotating pod, NBC affiliate WTVJ reported.

It is unclear why the tower stopped, but in a statement, a SeaWorld spokeswoman said that park was “working closely with Orange County Fire Rescue to quickly and safely remove all guests from the ride. We are in constant communication with the guests and team members on the ride, and all passengers are safe. The safety of our guests and team members is SeaWorld’s top priority.”

The same ride at SeaWorld’s San Diego park became stuck 220 feet from the ground for four hours in 2014, NBC affiliate KNSD reported. There were no injuries, although a teenager was transported to a local hospital for anxiety, the station reported.

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