A man who decided to try the SlotZilla ride in Las Vegas today got a bit more than he bargained for when the zip line style ride got stuck and left him dangling about 80 feet off the ground. Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Timothy Szymanski says that the Fire Department received a call around 2:30 on Friday afternoon from a concerned passerby who realized all was not well with the dangling daredevil. The rider remained stuck for about an hour before he was rescued by Firefighters using a truck ladder.
The SlotZilla is a slot machine-themed ride that’s part of the Fremont Street Experience, an attraction set in the heart of the old Las Vegas strip. It offers two different zip lines rides, the first of which is called the “Zoomline” and costs $40 a ticket. The higher of the two lines, the Zoomline sends riders spiraling, superhero-style, over Fremont street at 12 stories above the ground.
The second line is a bit lower in order to accommodate the weaker of heart and is known simply as the “Zipline.” It offers a similar experience to it’s higher counterpart for only $20 per rider. Unfortunately, the man whose plight unfolded 80 feet above Las Vegas today had selected the Zoomline experience, the higher of the two options.
Though the ride forced authorities to temporarily close 4th street, the man was unhooked by firefighters fairly quickly and returned to the ground without injury. The Fire Department confirmed that SlotZilla employees on the scene stayed with the stuck rider throughout his ordeal and made every attempt to get him down before requesting the help of firemen who had arrived on the scene.
Lauren Silverstein, a representative from the Fremont Street Experience released a statement earlier today saying, “Fremont Street Experience is investigating what happened and will do everything to ensure that this problem will not happen again.”