Ocean Park's safety reviewed

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 August, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 August, 1995, 12:00am

EMERGENCY procedures at Ocean Park will be reviewed today, after a breakdown trapped six youngsters in mid-air last week.

Park engineers and the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department propose establishing new safety measures, including imposing a limit on the period during which park staff can try their own rescue operations before summoning police and fire service department officers.

Ocean Park submitted a four-page interim report to the department last week, which reviewed the incident in which its Eagle amusement ride malfunctioned on Wednesday last week.

The Eagle, made up of whirling gondolas in which riders are caged, failed to return to the ground trapping the schoolchildren at 26 metres for 21/2 hours.

Park management will submit a final report to the department by next Friday.

'All we know is that it's a short circuit,' said department chief engineer Law Yu-wing.

'We cannot yet confirm whether it was due to wear and tear, poor workmanship, or flooding.

'The technical aspects have to wait until we receive the final report,' he said.

The ride remains closed.