Shoot the Rapids boat "rolls back down lift hill" at Cedar Point, injures ridersBy , Saturday, July 20, 2013 11:05
A major accident occurred on the Shoot the Rapids water ride at Cedar Point on July 19, 2013, with one rider to taken to hospital.
Cedar Point has released an official statement on the incident, which reads: "On Friday, July 19 at 6:42 p.m., ride operators stopped the Shoot the Rapids ride after a boat rolled back down the lift hill. Cedar Point Police, EMS staff, ride operators and several park guests immediately responded and helped passengers exit the boat."
"All seven guests on the boat were transported to Cedar Point’s First Aid Station. Six of the guests were evaluated and treated by Cedar Point EMS Staff and released. One guest was transported to Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio, for additional evaluation. The safety of our guests is our number one priority."
"Cedar Point officials are currently investigating the incident and have reported it to state of Ohio officials. Shoot the Rapids will remain closed until park officials and inspectors from the state of Ohio complete their review. No further information is available at this time."
Earlier reports from the Sandusky Register had suggested that the boat partially or completed "flipped" when it reached the bottom of the lift hill. Bystanders were reported to have entered the water to aid trapped riders.
Shoot the Rapids sees riders boarding 10-person boats, before travelling along a 2,100 feet, 3-minute-long course. The ride is themed around the Crystal Rock Bottling Company, with guests encountering "some wild feudin' and fightin'" as they pass through an "illegal moonshine still". The family ride features an 85-foot, 45-degree first drop through water rapids and rock work.