San Diego -- Sixteen people seated in five gondolas became trapped on the Bayside Skyride over the frigid waters of Mission Bay at SeaWorld San Diego Monday night, reports the CBS affiliate there, KFMB-TV. All were safe after a four-hour rescue operation. The San Diego Fire Department said an infant and a partially paralyzed person who recently suffered a stroke were among those in the gondolas.Firefighters were assisted by lifeguards in position in the water below the aerial tram during the rescue efforts. The lifeguards were said to be using at least two boats.The rescue operation began at roughly 7:15 p.m. local time. At about 11:15 p.m., the fire department tweeted an update:SeaWorld said each gondola was equipped with blankets and the park was in contact with the passengers via intercom, informing them of evacuation procedures among other things.The San Diego Fire Department told KFMB high winds appear to have caused the problem with the ride. SeaWorld pointed directly at Mother … [Read more...] about Drama at SeaWorld San Diego as 16 people stranded in gondolas above frigid Mission Bay rescued
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A 21-year-old man has been arrested in relation to a hit and run involving a teenager in Auckland. The man allegedly drove his vehicle into a 15-year-old who was walking to school on Kepa Rd in Auckland's Mission Bay. The incident happened on Thursday at around 6:50am, when the 21-year-old's vehicle allegedly mounted the footpath and struck down the teenager. 14yo girl killed in Oamaru hit and run Driver hands themself in after Auckland hit-and-run Mother of 15yo hit-and-run victim launches petition demanding killer's sentence be appealed The 15-year-old sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital, according to Snr Sgt Mark Miller of New Zealand Police. It's understood the driver of the vehicle got out of the car after he hit the teenager, and then fled the scene. According to police, two other people were in the vehicle at the time. The 15-year-old was kept in hospital on Thursday night, and he's said to be making a good recovery with … [Read more...] about Man, 21, charged over Mission Bay hit and run involving teen
News of Mission Bay as a popular seaside destination appears to have reached the sub-Antarctic, with a female elephant seal spending two days sunning on the bay's beach. The appearance of the seal, which is native to the Southern Ocean, drew large crowds amazed to learn she is hundreds of kilometres from home. "Definitely good endurance," one onlooker told Newshub. "Role model for us!" said another. The visitor has been cooling herself down with flippers full of wet sand because "it's probably really hot...it's probably sunbathing," reckoned one kid. Timaru police watch over curious seal Seal pictured with spotted eel stuck in its snout Department of Conservation (DoC) rangers have been keeping an eye out for her, including one staying overnight to make sure no one from a nearby party disturbed her. "When she's lying there like that, she's happy, she's not moving, she's just resting," said DoC marine ranger Gabrielle Goodin. "We need to make sure she's safe and other people are … [Read more...] about Elephant seal sunbathing at Mission Bay draws crowds
An Auckland woman says she is disgusted after "idiots" left firework debris strewn across Mission Bay beach. Sophie Lister spied the mess while out for a morning stroll on Tuesday, telling Newshub she was "embarrassed" by the human race after the incident. Firefighters burnt out after battling Guy Fawkes blazes Guy Fawkes chaos: 26 fireworks-related fires in 24 hours Public ban on fireworks not currently in plans, says PM "Went for a walk along the waterfront and this is what I see," she said in a video sent to Newshub. "Firework rubbish everywhere... I don't know what makes people think that they can do this to a beautiful place and country. "I'm just absolutely aghast at what I'm seeing at beautiful Mission Bay Beach... sort it out people this is not okay." It is prohibited to let off fireworks in public areas, including beaches like Mission Bay. Monday was a busy night for firefighters as fires sprung up across the country due to residents setting off fireworks. "In the two-hour … [Read more...] about Guy Fawkes: Mission Bay woman disgusted at fireworks mess strewn across beach
Mission Bay features in Auckland's Google synopsis, and because of its prime position, some think it's time the seaside promenade got a makeover, but not everyone agrees. A proposed $200 million transformation by property and investment company Urban Partners will see much of Mission Bay's aging commercial area replaced with a development that includes up to 100 apartments and townhouses. Urban Partners, whose investment in the site goes back almost three decades, has proposed 265 basement and ground level car parks for Mission Bay, as well as an improved cinema facility and a mix of hospitality, modern and recreational space. Café for Instagrammers to open in Auckland Takapuna locals want town square plans dumped Why would you want to live in Auckland? We asked the council Project director Doug Osborne says the proposal made to Auckland Council last Wednesday aims to bring much needed improvement to the commercial area, and create a lasting legacy for the … [Read more...] about Auckland’s Mission Bay makeover: Is it time for a revamp?