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Amusement park riders spend hours at 300 feet

8:30 AM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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BUENA PARK, Calif. -- Twenty riders expecting a three-minute thrill were left dangling at 300 feet for nearly four hours when the Windseeker ride at Southern California's Knott's Berry Farm amusement park stalled.

Knott's said in a statement that the ride, which lifts fun-seekers high over the park with their legs dangling and spins them in a circle, came to a stop when its security system activated at about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

TV cameras showed riders sitting calmly as they dangled and the sun set, some casually swinging their legs.

Maintenance workers brought all the riders safely to the ground between 7:30 and 8, long after the park had closed and night had fallen.

Knott's says the ride, which also left riders hanging on Sept. 7, will remain closed while the cause is investigated.

Cedar Point, which has the same Windseeker ride, also experienced a similar situation earlier this summer. Back in early June, Cedar Point's Windseeker left riders stranded 150 in the air for a little more than an hour.

The Associated Press, WKYC-TV

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