A dream vacation to Florida swiftly turned into a nightmare for a man and his son after the pair became stuck suspended 40 feet above an alligator pit.
According to the New York Post, the two were above the pit while attempting to cross a zip line ride at Gatorland in Orlando. As footage shared with local news anchor Stewart Moore of WESH News showed, the two simply had to sit midair and wait for help to arrive.
“You really think you’re having a bad day?” the man who took the video can be heard saying in the clip. “Lemme show you what a real bad day looks like.”
Additional footage from the park, which was also shared by Moore on Facebook, showed the two being reeled back toward the zipline’s tower. At one point a staffer from the park even went out on the line to meet the two midair.
Eventually, both the man and the boy were safely rescued. However, according to Nick Cahippina, manager of the zipline ride, who spoke to WESH, neither one was ever in any imminent danger. In fact, Cahippina noted that this type of incident actually happens “fairly often” and the staff is properly trained in how to handle it.
“On Saturday, July 7th, the zip line experience at Gatorland stopped midway with a father and child aboard during one of the scheduled rides,” the park told the New York Post. “This was due to the gravity breaking system that stopped the two riders just short of the landing tower. This happens from time to time based on the weight of the riders and the direction of the wind. At no time was anyone in danger. Our zipline staff is highly trained to handle a variety of possible situations. A zip line staffer on the receiving tower immediately hooked himself on the line and retrieved the two people by pulling them to the landing area.”
If you want to try your luck at making it all the way across, Gatorland has two zipline rides for you to try, including zipping across the park’s “Alligator Breeding Marsh” and Cuban and Nile crocodile exhibits.