Shocking Video Shows Florida Amusement Park Slingshot Ride Cable Snapping Just Before Launch: 'We Just Dodged Death'

A Florida woman has said she "dodged death" by avoiding a slingshot ride at a beachside amusement park that suffered a cable shred seconds before launch.

The moment was captured in cellphone footage posted online by Tallahassee woman Krissy Hurst, who was vacationing with a friend in Panama City Beach at the time of the incident, which took place last Saturday at the "Vertical Accelerator" ride in Cobra Adventure Park.

Hurst published footage of the shocking accident on Facebook, showing two men sitting inside the bungee-style contraption that launches patrons more than 160 feet into the air. She told Fox 13 that the men were an acquaintance and his brother-in-law. They have not been named.

"You are all going to be screaming like sissies," one woman can be heard saying in the recording towards the men, who are already strapped into the ride. As they reach the end of a countdown and just as an operator pulls down on a lever, the rope shreds without warning.

"Oh my God. We just dodged death," one woman shouts. Two amusement park workers can be seen moving towards the two men and attempting to remove them from the metal chassis.

Tallahassee woman records Panama City ride failure moments before friend gets on

WATCH UNTIL THE END: A Tallahassee woman says she and her best friend got quite the scare when a cable on a bungee-style slingshot ride in Panama City shredded to strands, all without leaving the ground >> https://bit.ly/2Z7RBC7

Posted by WTXL Tallahassee on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Hurst told Fox 13 she had decided against getting on the ride because of a "bad feeling" and said her friend had been recording because the ride's video system wasn't working.

"So glad she did," the Florida woman wrote in her Facebook post alongside the video footage. "Keep in mind they also tried talking her into [using the ride]. She said 'no' and 'she isn't dying tonight.' Who knew how right she'd be. We soooo won't ride any kind of ride again."

Officials responsible for the Panama City attraction told local media outlet WMBB, which first reported the news of the Vertical Accelerator breakage, that the ride remained open and functional, but would soon be inspected. The male riders declined to be interviewed.

Hurst told Fox 13 that officials gave the men a refund. She said they stayed at the park after the accident, but noted the pair were still "completely freaked out" by what happened.

Amusement park accidents can have deadly consequences. In July, a pendulum attraction at a park in India suffered a fatal malfunction. The shocking incident, which was caught on camera, reportedly left two people dead and more than a dozen injured.

In 2015, two women were injured in France after a slingshot ride's cable snapped, an incident that was also filmed. The same year, a metal cable snapped just before launch on a ride in Wisconsin Dells' Mt. Olympus amusement park which had been carrying a 13-year-old boy at the time. Luckily, the teen escaped without injury.

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