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More than a dozen people rescued after becoming trapped on SeaWorld ride in California

The attraction stopped working after a gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on the ride.

The scene of the rescue in San Diego
The scene of the rescue in San Diego
Image: Associated Press

Updated Feb 19th 2019, 9:46 AM

MORE THAN A dozen people have been rescued after they became trapped on a ride at SeaWorld in San Diego, California.

San Diego police told Fox5News that around six gondolas stopped functioning on Monday night, after a big gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on “Bayside Skyride”.

Authorities estimated that between 15 and 30 people were trapped, some of them in gondolas suspended above water.

Officials with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department confirmed that sixteen people were rescued in total.

The riders were lowered by harnesses and rescued by lifeguard boats. They were then evaluated by medical crews.

SeaWorld said in a statement that it will conduct a thorough inspection of the ride prior to it being reopened.

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The National Weather Service said it was about 9 degrees Celsius in San Diego at the time the people were trapped.

With additional reporting from Associated Press.

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