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August 26, 1999

Passengers Stranded On A Boomerang Roller Coaster

Vallejo, CA -- Wednesday afternoon 28-passengers suddenly found themselves stranded 50-feet above the ground on the Boomerang roller coaster at Six Flags Marine World, after the car came to a sudden stop.

According to reports the passengers were stuck for up to 4 hours, while rescue crews went from car to car removing four passengers at a time.

Witnesses said that a cable used to tow the train up the initial lift hill snapped causing the train to start it's decent early.

The cable is a part of the lift hill leaving the station and is used to tow the 28-passenger, seven-car train up the 125-foot incline.

The Boomerang roller coaster was designed by Vekoma International and opened at Six Flags Marine World in 1998. The ride features three inversions, which passengers travel through going both forwards and then backwards.

The train stopped at approximately 3:45 p.m. in a short section of track between the first and second inversions. It is unknown if the train did not have enough momentum to make it through the second inversion or if some other factor caused it to stop.

Five of the passengers were taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion. Some of the 28-passeners on board had to sit in 100-degree weather for several hours while the rescue took place.

Six Flags Marine World officials have closed the ride for an investigation.