Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish closed after cable collapse

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish closed after cable collapse

Thirty cabins fell to the ground when the two-kilometre (6,600-foot) haul rope at the Squamish Sea-to-Sky Gondola was cut before dawn on Saturday.

Squamish wedding planner Caroline Hyatt said she heard local vendors also pulled together to relocate a wedding that was meant to take place at Sea to Sky just hours after the main gondola cable was cut.

The 1.2-mile, 10-minute gondola ride, which gives visitors a view of Howe Sound as it carries them from the ground to the summit almost 3,000 feet above sea level, is a popular tourist attraction.

In a short statement Saturday, he said no guests or staff were on the gondola and no injuries were sustained in the incident. More updates as they become available.

They said that "until such time as a cause has been definitely identified", they are considering the shocking case to be a crime.

The 2km cable normally carries up to 240 passengers in 30 cars and is a major tourist destination.

"This is a criminal investigation", Squamish RCMP Constable Ashley MacKay said in an interview on Sunday. Each of the 31 cars holds eight people. "We are now assessing the damage, which will help us identify the cause of the incident".

"This includes hikers, climbers and campers who may have been in the area of the gondola or the Chief".

"First and foremost we are incredibly thankful that no-one was injured.We are a close-knit community and I know I speak for many residents when I say that we are truly saddened by this event", she said in an email to The Chief.

The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.

RCMP are requesting that people stay away from the area, including nearby outdoor trails, and the gondola remains closed.

The busy attraction was scheduled to open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, but the company says that it will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Triance told CBC that the RCMP is working with WorkSafeBC and Technical Safety BC to figure out how someone could have carried this out.

There is now no estimated timeframe for repairs or when the Sea to Sky Gondola will reopen.

Police are asking visitors to stay away from the area, including away from nearby trails.The Sea to Sky Gondola takes passengers to nearly 900 metres above sea level, providing views of Howe Sound and surrounding waterfalls.

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