[Update: October 30, 2019]:
Yesterday morning, Sea To Sky Gondola announced that the main haul rope that was vandalized was replaced. The new, 54-tonne, 4.4 km haul rope was shipped from Switzerland.
Speaking to News 1130, Kirby Brown, General Manager of Sea To Sky, said that new security measures have been added.
“We definitely have added the things common sense [brings] to mind – detection systems, deterrents, lights, camera, action, that kind of stuff is all out there now.”
[Update: August 10, 2019, 4:15 pm]:
Squamish RCMP has since confirmed that the incident was the result of vandalism.
“We believe the cables were cut and this was a deliberate act of vandalism”, said Inspector Kara Triance.
Early this morning, between 4:00 and 4:30 am, 30 gondola cars of the Sea-To-Sky gondola crashed to the ground after the cable they were attached to snapped.
The gondola wasn’t in operation at the time. Nobody is believed to have suffered any injuries.
The cable, also called the “haul rope”, consists of six strands that total into a diameter of 55 millimetres.
Sea To Sky Gondola Vandalism
Discussing the incident, Kirby Brown, General Manager of Sea-To-Sky, was uncertain of what could have caused the cable to snap.
“What we do know at this point is not a ton, other than there was a catastrophic failure of the haul rope, so that’s the cable that the gondola is on. We inspected it last week, it was in great shape. […] We had a great day operating yesterday, there was nothing extraordinary about the temperatures or anything environmental that could have caused this.”
One possible explanation: vandalism.
Brown said the RCMP are investigating the incident as a possible act of vandalism.
In addition, nearby trails in the area have been closed. In a news release, Squamish RCMP are requesting that people stay away from the area until further notice.
Located in Squamish near Highway 99, the Sea-To-Sky gondola carries passengers over 885 metres above sea-levels.
Stay tuned to 604 Now News for more updates.
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