Ocean Park's 360-degree roller coaster gave passengers a scare as it came to a halt

Ocean Park's 360-degree roller coaster gave passengers a scare as it came to a halt

The theme park's Hair Raider stopped just before it hit a big loop, requiring passengers to get off mid-ride

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The ride proved true to its name on Wednesday.
Photo: K.Y. Cheng/SCMP

Passengers on a roller coaster in Ocean Park had to walk away from the ride after a safety device stopped it moments before they climbed a loop for a full thrill-charged ride.

The park said the Hair Raiser rollercoaster stopped temporarily shortly after it left the boarding platform as its safety system detected an abnormality at 2.18pm on Wednesday.

It said on-site staff carried out standard exit procedures immediately to help riders return to the platform.

No one was reported injured.

“The first guest on the ride was exited safely from the ride exit stairs to the ground at 2.24pm and the remaining guests were also exited swiftly without reporting any discomfort or illnesses by 2.41pm,” the park said in a statement.

The attraction was suspended for checks and tests after the incident. It will resume service today.

The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department was notified of the incident.

The 35-metre-high Hair Raiser is the first floorless roller coaster in the city. It opened to the public on December 8, 2011.

The park has 22 mechanical rides. It said all were inspected on a daily basis, while periodical maintenance checks were conducted on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.

The rides are also subject to annual inspections by surveyors, who submit detailed reports to the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department.

It's good to know Ocean Park staff know exactly how to deal with emergencies. Makes us feel a lot safer!

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