2 teens rescued after slingshot ride malfunctions in Kissimmee

KISSIMMEE. Fla. — Two teenagers were rescued in Kissimmee after they got stuck on the slingshot at Old Town, the Osceola County Fire Rescue said.

On Thursday night, firefighters were called to Old Town, which is located along West U.S. 192 in Kissimmee.

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Firefighters said the teens were suspended 30 to 40 feet in the air after the ride malfunctioned.

Pictures show the teens were being held up by a cable.

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Officials said no one was hurt.

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Posted by Osceola County Fire Rescue and EMS on Thursday, March 25, 2021

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, the “attraction was originally permitted in November 2001 and was last inspected by our department on March 19, 2021, at which time no issues were identified. Park management reported that a cable failed, while a redundant safety cable remained intact.”

“There are four of these type of attractions in Florida, located in Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Orlando, and Panama City Beach. All four have been closed by our department as a precaution, while the manufacturer conducts an investigation. They will remain closed until our department consults with the manufacturer and will only reopen once our bureau conducts a subsequent inspection,” FDACS said.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.