Knott's Berry Farm puts evac system on ride that stranded riders

Knott's Berry Farm puts evac system on ride that stranded riders
People on the Windseeker ride at Knott's Berry Farm are stuck a few hundred feet off the ground Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Buena Park, Calif. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Rod Veal)

BUENA PARK, Calif. (AP) — Knott's Berry Farm has installed an evacuation system on its Windseeker ride, which was shut down after riders were stranded 300 feet high twice last year.

A Knott's spokesperson tells the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/YqSEW6 ) the new system includes a cage that mechanically ascends up the ride's shaft in the event that riders get stuck. The cage can take riders down four at a time.

The Windseeker, designed by Dutch-based Mondial, is a swing ride that takes people 300 feet in the air and twirls them at up to a 45-degree angle for about 60 seconds.

The ride malfunctioned twice last year, most dramatically in September when a frozen brake left 20 riders stranded for hours until they could be safely brought down.

The ride is still closed.