The shocking moment a slingshot ride’s cord snapped just moments before two visitors were set to be catapulted up into the air was captured on video.
The frightening footage shows a teen boy and a woman being strapped in their seats when one of the bungee cords that were to shot them up snaps AND whips towards the ground, barely missing the boy.
The incident took place at the Wisconsin Dells theme park.
Onlookers, including the boy’s father, who recorded the incident, are heard gasping at the sight of the snapped cable, as they realize the danger FOR the pair had the ride, called The Catapult, been launched into the air.
The pair — 13-year-old Trevor Larson and Carrie Sueker — are heard joking as they remove their shoes and are strapped in their seats by workers. A man is heard shouting:
I’ll pray for you. The ropes are looking a little frayed.
The pair hold on tight, but seconds before take off one of the ropes that link the metal cage to the bungee snaps under the tension.
1. Footage shows Trevor Larson (seated at left) and Carrie Sueker being strapped in place by workers.
2. The pair hold on while preparing for take-off as the two large bungee cords on either side of them tighten.
Fortunately, no one is hurt as the rope snaps back toward the ground at high speed. Speaking to WISN, Trevor said that there was a “four-inch deep hole” after the rope hit the concrete. He said:
It was extremely loud. I didn’t really know what was happening. It was a split second. That’s how fast it came down.
Carrie Sueker added:
We could tell from the expressions on our friends’ faces, friends’ and families’ faces that something had gone terribly wrong.
3. Moments before the ride is to be activated, one of the large bungee cords snap, but thankfully no one is injured.
The Mt. Olympus Theme Park & Water Park has closed The Catapult for the duration of the investigation.
Owner Nick Laskaris told WISN that this type of incident has never before happened at his theme park. He said:
It’s unfortunate. Mechanical failures unfortunately do happen.
It would have been much more than unfortunate if the cable had snapped a few seconds later…
4. The video concludes with the bemused ride operators stepping in to assist the pair still seated in the metal cage.
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