Cedar Point prides itself in being the “Best Amusement Park in the World”. However, a Cedar Point amusement park ride malfunctioned on Friday, injuring seven people.
It is reported that the boat, carrying seven passengers, was making it’s way up the first hill when the boat began rolling backwards and then continued to flip over on the water ride, Shoot the Rapids. Although not confirmed, the boat is said to have flipped on it’s side and then all the way over. The passengers were all belted in, and were not able to get out on their own. Upon seeing the accident, ride operators, park police, and visitors jumped into the water to help them.
Another visitor to the Ohio amusement park, Mathew Orr, witnessed the accident. “We jumped in and helped them get out,” he told the Sandusky Register newspaper. “If we didn’t help, I don’t even know what would have happened.”
wow… accidents at Six Flags AND Cedar Point today?! http://t.co/K7588u2n4f
— John Fuller (@fullerjoh) July 21, 2013
All seven people who were on the ride suffered minor injuries. Six of the seven were treated while at the amusement park, and the other was taken to a nearby hospital.
The ride operators stopped the ride after the incident happened on Friday. Cedar Point officials are investigating into the reason that the ride malfunctioned. The officials have stated that the ride will remain closed until the investigation is complete. “The safety of our guests is our number one priority,” Cedar Point announced in a statement.
Well damn, I was planning a trip to Cedar Point and find out a ride just malfunctioned injuring 7 people there.
— Rachel Bakaitis (@rach_bakaitis) July 21, 2013