SeaWorld Orlando Sky Tower pod lowered to ground after riders stuck

Guests stuck on ride for hours


ORLANDO, Fla.The Sky Tower observation tower pod at SeaWorld Orlando has been lowered to the ground after guests were stuck on the ride for more than two hours on Monday afternoon.

According to the Orange County Fire Rescue active calls site, an industrial accident was listed at 1:22 p.m. at Sea Harbor Drive. 

"We are working closely with Orange County Fire Rescue to quickly and safely remove all guests from the ride. We are in constant communication with the guests and team members on the ride, and all passengers are safe," SeaWorld said in a release. "The safety of our guests and team members is SeaWorld’s top priority."

Fire Rescue said 15 firefighters were "working closely with SeaWorld staff" at the scene and that a firefighter was lifted to the Sky Tower to confirm that there were no medical emergencies on board. 

WKMG helicopter Sky 6 flew over the tower, showing guests on the ride, which appeared to be stuck not quite halfway up the 400-foot structure.  

The pod was lowered to the ground just before 3:30 p.m., video from Sky 6 showed. It's not clear what caused the ride to become stuck.

The tower is the largest observation tower in Florida and opened in 1973. It features a double-decker rotating pod that guests board at ground level and ride to the top. It is not a drop tower.