MENDON, MASS. (WHD) – First responders were able to rescue dozens of passengers suspended from animal exhibits after an aerial flight at Southwick Zoo broke down, the zoo announced on Friday. .
While the zoo said it was able to immediately rescue about half of the riders before local fire units arrived, 19 passengers were in the air for nearly two hours before they could be brought down. land successfully in the cherry picker. When the rescue team arrived at the scene, the rescue operation lasted about 30 minutes.
Russ Carter, visiting the zoo with her grandson, said the incident wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
“We were there for a great hour,” Carter said. “People come, customers come and throw water at us. the people who work here stopped by and made sure we were comfortable. ”
Various species of wildlife, including zebras, ostriches and water buffaloes, can be seen around the exhibit at the feet of passengers.
Despite the dire situation, Carter’s grandson Sebastian Dildan-Cottrell said he did his best to put on a brave face.
“I was really confident. I tried not to be scared,” said Dildan-Cottrell. “I’m really good at not being scared.”
According to the zoo, an oil leak was the cause of the incident.
No injuries reported.
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