SeaWorld’s Bayside Skyride reopens after 7-month closure

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SAN DIEGO -- SeaWorld San Diego's Bayside Skyride reopened Wednesday, seven months after the ride malfunctioned and crews rescued more than a dozen people from its gondolas.

On February 19, a high gust of wind damaged a communication cable, according to the California Division of Occupation Safety and Health. Sixteen riders stuck in five gondolas, some of which were suspended above Mission Bay, were lowered by harnesses and rescued by lifeguard boats.

“We’re very excited to reopen the Skyride, but before doing so, we were going to ensure it was back to working perfectly,” said Marilyn Hannes, SeaWorld San Diego park president. “Skyride has been a guest favorite for more than 50 years, and I’m thrilled that we can once again open this ride, which for many visitors is a very nostalgic experience.  I was just a kid when I first rode Skyride, and I’m happy that I can ride it now with my grandchildren.”

The ride first opened at Seaworld San Diego in 1967.

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