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Sea to Sky gondola in Squamish closed after cable snaps

The Sea to Sky gondola situated alongside Freeway 99 in Squamish, B.C., is closed after the two-kilometre cable snapped early Saturday morning.

The gondola, which wasn’t working on the time, usually carries as much as 240 passengers at a time on its 30 automobiles. The journey from the bottom to the summit 885 metres above sea degree lasts roughly 10 minutes and provides guests views over Howe Sound.

Nearly all the 30 gondola automobiles hooked up to the cable crashed to the bottom at round four a.m., in response to employees working in a single day. No accidents have been reported on account of the incident.

“It’s just an incredibly unusual thing to happen,” mentioned Kirby Brown, Sea to Sky’s basic supervisor. “We just did our maintenance on the line very recently and it was a big, thick, beautiful healthy rope.”

The 55-millimetre-wide cable supporting the Sea to Sky gondola got here crashing down early Saturday morning. (Kirby Brown)

The cable is 55 millimetres in diameter and is made up of six strands. It recurrently transports a number of tonnes when the gondola automobiles are loaded and is made to resist most climate occasions, mentioned Brown.

He additionally mentioned the cable is unlikely to have snapped attributable to a rock slide. 

“Potentially it might’ve been interfered with. But again, it’s early hours at this moment and we’ve only just begun the investigative portion.”

Nearly all 30 gondola automobiles crashed to the bottom when the cable for the Sea to Sky gondola snapped. (Deborah Goble/CBC)

The Squamish RCMP and Technical Security BC, an impartial group that oversees heavy gear within the province, are each investigating the scene of the crash.

Sea to Sky may also conduct its personal investigation in partnership with Doppelmayr Garaventa Group, the cable’s producer.

Brown mentioned the cable and automobiles might be mounted or changed, however the firm’s major precedence is discovering out what brought about the crash and if it may have been prevented.

“We’ve got a lot of hours ahead of us of really coming to grips with what occurred before we get focused on the fix.”

The gondola’s regular working hours are from 9:30 a.m. to eight p.m on Saturdays.

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