SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) – Approximately 16 people seated in five gondolas became trapped on the Bayside Skyride over the Mission Bay waters at SeaWorld San Diego Monday night.
According to the San Diego Fire Department, among the passengers are an infant and a partially paralyzed passenger who recently suffered a stroke. Firefighters are working to rescue those trapped above the frigid waters. Lifeguards are also in position in the water below the aerial tram assisting in the rescue.
According to SeaWorld, each gondola is equipped with blankets, and the they have been in contact with passengers via intercom. Further, SeaWorld said they have informed passengers of evacuation procedures.
Lifeguards are reportedly using at least two boats for the rescue.
The San Diego Fire Department said the incident is weather related; a big gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on the Bayside Skyride.
According to meteorologists, water temperature in Mission Bay is around 58 to 59 degrees.
The SDFD said the rescue could take hours to complete.
Eight rescues have been performed by SDFD’s Technical Rescue Team firefighters. Four adults and four juveniles have been rescued. Eight victims remain on the Bayside Skyride.
Two Juveniles have now been lowered by harness and rescued by San Diego Lifeguard boats. Nine adults and five juveniles remain, according to the San Diego Fire Department.
Rescuers reach the first gondola