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Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish closed after gondola collapse RCMP investigating after Sea to Sky Gondola cable snaps
Steven Clarke | 13 August, 2019, 09:21

RCMP said Saturday they believe someone may have intentionally cut a cable on the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish after gondolas crashed to the ground early in the morning, causing significant damage. RCMP say they are still assessing the damage but the early signs point to the cable being cut.

At approx 4:30am we received an alert that the haul rope for Sea to Sky Gondola had fallen and the lift inoperable.

He said no guests or staff were on the gondola and no injuries were sustained in the incident. We will release updates as more details become available. "At this time, it's a crime scene".

Nearly all of the 30 gondola cars attached to the cable crashed to the ground, according to staff working overnight.

Spokeswoman Const. Ashley MacKay says authorities are working to inspect the full length of the gondola line.

"This type of incident resonates with everyone, as we all recognize the impact of what could have happened", she said.

The gondola operator released a statement on its website saying it was "closed for the foreseeable future due to a major lift incident". "All my couples have chosen the Sea to Sky Gondola because of the incredible views and I would like to find something that can come close to that", Caroline Hyatt said in a Facebook posting.

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"We are now assessing the damage but our preliminary assessment suggests that a cable was cut". Nearby trails may have been used to access the cable line, according to the police, who have closed three trails that go under the gondola route.

The facility hosted concerts on Thursday night and Friday night, drawing hundreds of people to the gondola's Summit Lodge both evenings.

The Sea to Sky gondola first launched in May 2014 and is open year-round. Triance told CBC that the RCMP is working with WorkSafeBC and Technical Safety BC to figure out how someone could have carried this out.

The gondola, located about 60 kilometres north of Vancouver, has been closed indefinitely.

The company's gondola rides take passengers nearly 3,000 feet above sea level to see views of Howe Sound and nearby waterfalls.

Squamish Mayor Karen Elliott said there are more than 200 people who work at the gondola, from the core team of leaders to seasonal workers.

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