Ten theme park goers were left hanging over 229 feet (70 meters) above the ground Monday after a malfunction with the Cosmonaut ride at the Divo Ostrov park in St. Petersburg, Russia.
According to reports, a cable securing the back of the rocket-shaped attraction snapped, leaving the ride’s carriage hanging above onlookers below. Thankfully, rescue teams arrived in time to unload the passengers and safely lower the carriage before any serious damage was done.
This, however, isn’t the park’s first serious safety-related incident. Before this rocket incident, a 12 year-old girl suffered injuries on a trampoline ride that (gasp!) also involved a broken cable.
Here’s some footage of the incident and of the (not-too-safe-looking) ride:
The Destination: Theme Park Take
Correct me if I’m wrong, but a theme park’s primary responsibility is to provide a safe environment for guests and employees. This is priority number one that’s more important than providing theme park-goers a fun and entertaining experience. In fact, if a theme park can’t provide safe conditions (i.e. not having snapped cables), then it ceases to become fun, since many will lose faith and no longer be able to trust the attraction (or the park itself).
In the end, what we’re left with is a decreased visitation rate and the proverbial down-the-drain movement of the entire theme park, which has the ability to lead to an industry-wide drop in theme park (and ride) popularity. Needless to say, this is something that we wouldn’t want to happen – so it’s really in the best interest of all involved for a theme park to maintain a safe environment as well as upkeep its attractions with top-most care.
Why this doesn’t seem to be the case with Divo Ostrov is beyond us, but we have a hunch that it’s not the quality of the cabling itself, but rather the rate of cable replacement that led to this terrible situation.
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