39 stuck for 4 hours in Sentosa's Tiger Sky Tower

August 13, 2017

A mechanical fault left 39 riders, including 4 kids, stranded 25m in the air (about eight storeys high) on Saturday, Aug 12 evening at 5.35pm at Sentosa's Tiger Sky Tower attraction.

All managed to disembark safely at 9.45pm with the help of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), who were called in at 7.10pm.

In a statement on Sunday (Aug 13),  the Building & Construction Authority (BCA), which regulates amusement rides, said the ride will be temporarily suspended while investigations are carried out.

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  • A mechanical fault with the Tiger Sky Tower attraction on Sentosa on Saturday (Aug 12) afternoon left 39 people stranded 25m in the air - about eight storeys high - for more than four hours.
  • The glitch occurred at 5.35pm. It was only at 9.45pm that the gondola was finally lowered to ground and all on board, including children and the elderly, were able to disembark.
  • All of them were "doing fine", said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), which was called in at 7.10pm.
  • Sky Tower director Alexander Melchers said after the incident: "We have a very strict maintenance regime, but at this point of time, I cannot confirm the cause for what happened."
  • In a statement on Sunday, the Building & Construction Authority (BCA), which regulates amusement rides, said it was alerted to the "system malfunction" and dispatched its engineers to investigate.
  • Photo: Twitter/Jaylin Sam
  • BCA has issued a closure order to suspend the ride from operation.
  • SCDF officers were notified at 7.10pm.

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