State agency won't investigate after cable snapped on Wisconsin Dells ride


Wisconsin officials will not launch an investigation into a theme park ride at Wisconsin Dells that malfunctioned moments before it was set to launch two people into the air.

Two Minnesotans were on "The Catapult" at Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park earlier this month when seconds before the ride was set to launch, a large cable snapped. It was captured on video by Dru Larson, 46, of Tracy, Minnesota, whose 13-year-old son was on the ride.

The video got national media attention and has been viewed more than 1.5 million times on Facebook.

This is our son Trevor Larson and Carrie Sueker attempting to ride the catapult at MT Olympus at the Wisc Dell's! Wait till you see this!!!

Posted by Dru Larson on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Luckily, no one was injured in the incident.

The theme park continued to operate the ride after the cable snapped, WKOW reported. However, less than 24 hours after video of incident surfaced on social media, the theme park shut down the ride and requested that Casco Inc. (the owner/operator of the ride) remove it from the park, the news station said.

But now the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, which inspects amusement park rides, says it won't be investigating the ride failure – as it only looks into incidents that involve injury or death, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

“Unfortunately that’s our government: Don’t be proactive,” Larson told the Wisconsin State Journal after hearing of the decision.

His family is not planning legal action over the incident, but says they won't be returning to the resort because of the way they were treated after reporting it, the paper notes.

Despite the scare at the Wisconsin Dells resort, the chance of getting injured on an amusement park ride is slim.

Of the estimated 1.38 billion rides taken on fixed-site amusement park rides the U.S. in 2013, there were an estimated 1,221 rider-related injuries, the fixed-site amusement ride injury survey conducted by the National Safety Council shows. Only 6.9 percent of those injuries were labeled as serious.

"The Catapult" had passed its most recent inspection on June 17, WKOW said, despite having "minor" violations in the past.

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