Friday, March 9, 2012
Power was knocked out to some areas at Sea World for about an hour today, but no injuries or issues with any of the park's animals were reported.
The electricity went out on the park's west side about 11:45 a.m., but backup generators switched on which sustained power to animal areas that require life support systems, such as the penguin enclosure, according to Dave Koontz, spokesman for the park.
Park employees were able to get guests safely off the "Journey to Atlantis" and "Shipwreck Rapids" rides and no one was injured, Koontz said. The "SkyTower" ride was affected as well, but since the passenger car was on the ground at the time, the guests were able to walk right off, he said.
Most of the park's guest areas were without electricity until about 12:45 p.m., Koontz said.
"Our visitors were great, they were very patient," Koontz said.
The sea lion and otter shows, as well as "Pets Rule!," went on despite the outage. The "Blue Horizons" dolphin show and Shamu show "One Ocean" were unaffected since they were scheduled to start later in the afternoon, Koontz said.
Park personnel were working to determine the cause of the outage, but have reset a series of breakers to restore power to the park, Koontz said.