Sky Cabin ride at Knott's Berry Farm. Photo via
Sky Cabin ride at Knott’s Berry Farm. Photo via

An apparent malfunction left 18 people stranded for hours 125 feet above the ground aboard a ride at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park Friday.

The Sky Cabin ride became stuck about 2 p.m., according to park officials.

The revolving observation ride is enclosed and the riders were safe, Capt. Larry Kurtz of the Orange County Fire Authority said.

“After the Knott’s Berry Farm maintenance team made several attempts to bring the attraction down, we contacted the Orange County Fire Authority to assist,” according to a park statement.

Fire department rescuers were called to the scene shortly before 5 p.m.

Technical rescue experts were among the OCFA responders at the scene, Kurtz said.

Firefighters appeared to access the top of the ride through its central hub and from there rappelled down to the passenger cabin.

About 7 p.m., they began lowering the passengers to the ground one at a time, but with each strapped to a firefighter.


— City News Service

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