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21 people were rescued from a California theme park ride after more than 7 hours


Firefighters rescued 21 people Friday night who were stuck on a California theme park ride more than 100 feet in the air. 

The 20 passengers and a ride operator were lowered to saftey from the Sky Cabin ride at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Vista, California. 

The passengers were trapped on the ride for more than seven hours before they were rescued, according to CNN.

Knott's Berry Farm said its maintenance team made several attempts to rescue the passengers before contacting Orange County Fire officials. 

Firefighters initially considered pulling a large, cherry-picker crane up to the ride, but the ladder was too short to reach the cabin. 

They ultimately decided to use ropes with a 9,000-pound test strength to lower each passenger one-by-one, according to CNN. 

"We have firefighters in the cab with the occupants. No one is in any medical distress. So we're going to affix a harness onto each one of them and one at a time we're going to lower them down to the ground," Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz told ABC affiliate KABC

All 20 guests and the ride operator were rescued by 10 p.m. 

Knott's Berry Farm said the Sky Cabin ride will remain closed until the park conducts a full investigation into the cause of the incident.

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