Power failure strands dozens on SeaWorld San Diego Skytower

Some 46 visitors to SeaWorld San Diego got more adventure than they anticipated Sunday when they were stuck for four hours about 220 feet up the Skytower attraction.

A power failure prevented the revolving capsule that promises "a view you'll never forget" from descending.


"With guest safety as our top priority, park engineers spent four hours troubleshooting the problem before restoring power to the Skytower and safely returning the 46 guests to the ride-loading area,"  said SeaWorld spokesman David Koontz.

There were no major injuries but a 17-year-old was transported to a hospital to be treated for anxiety. Firefighters, who train for rescues on the Skytower, stood by in case a rescue was needed.

The 320-foot Skytower provides a panoramic view of the park, Mission Bay, the ocean and the San Diego skyline.

Two SeaWorld employees were in the Skytower and provided the stranded guests with water and snacks, Koontz said. Guests were in constant contact with officials on the ground.

"The guests were never in danger," Koontz said. The power problem was fixed about 7:30 p.m.  Guests were offered free admission to the park for another visit.

Park officials have not decided whether the Skytower will be in operation when the park opens Monday.

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