Those afraid of heights have a new excuse to steer clear of amusement park rides.

Jon Jankowski, Digital journalist

This week, two Florida teens were suspended for a few hours on a slingshot ride around three stories high after a cable snapped, rescue officials told CNN affiliate WKMG-TV.

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The passengers were rescued without injuries from the ride at Old Town theme park by the Osceola County Fire Rescue and Kissimmee Fire Department. The cable that snapped was non-load-bearing, rescue crews said.

Investigators said as a safety precaution, the ride can’t lower the pod below 30 feet when the cable is not functioning.

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, the attraction is owned and operated by Old Town Slingshot and was originally permitted in November 2001.

The ride was last inspected March 19, and no issues were identified, the agency said.

John Stine, the director of marketing and sales for Old Town Slingshot, said the riders were safe during the incident.

“The ride is designed with redundancy, so if something like this does happen, it’s very unusual to begin with, but if it does, then we have a backup system and everything went fine.

The only unfortunate situation is they were suspended on the ride for a few hours,” Stine said.

He said the company does daily inspections and the state conducts inspections twice each year.




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