Video: Minnesotans on Wisconsin Dells ride as cable snaps just before launch


There were a few scary moments for some southwestern Minnesota families during their quick vacation stop in the Wisconsin Dells this week.

Dru Larson and his son Trevor of Tracy, Minnesota, visited the Dells Wednesday on their way to a basketball tournament in Milwaukee.

Trevor Larson and family friend Carrie Suecker were looking for a fun time with a thrill on 'The Catapult' at Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park in the Dells, when things came seconds away from taking a much different turn.

The video tells the story. (Caution: it includes strong language)

"I couldn't believe that just happened," Dru Larson told WKOW in the Wisconsin Dells. "I had to collect myself."

According to WKOW, the ride was back open again Thursday. Mt. Olympus owner Nick Laskaris told the station the ride is actually owned by an independent contractor – Dick Clark's Ultimate Rush – and has been in the Wisconsin Dells for nearly two decades.

"Been here in the Dells 20 years and from what I understand it's never happened before," Laskaris said.

Mt. Olympus officials say they are working with the ride's owners to insure rider safety.

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