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CanadaQuestions remain as RCMP continue to investigate Sea to Sky gondola vandalism

03:28  14 august  2019
03:28  14 august  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in British Columbia likely out of commission until 2020

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in British Columbia likely out of commission until 2020 SQUAMISH, B.C. — The operators of the Sea-to-Sky Gondola say the popular tourist attraction near Squamish, B.C., likely won't reopen until early next spring. In a message on the company's Facebook page, they say the cleanup has started and it's hoped the gondola can reopen in early 2020, but that depends on the delivery of a replacement cable and new cabins from Europe. When the attraction does restart, the post says it will feature a brand new haul rope and a completely new line of 30 cabins. No one was hurt last Saturday when the RCMP say someone deliberately cut the gondola's main cable, sending all of the cars crashing to the ground.

RCMP say they believe someone deliberately cut the cable of the Sea - to - Sky gondola located "We believe the cables were cut and this was a deliberate act of vandalism Almost all of the 30 gondola cars attached to the cable crashed to the ground at around 4 a.m., according to staff working overnight.

SQUAMISH, B.C. — Several unoccupied gondola cabins plummeted to the ground at a tourist attraction in Squamish, B.C., on Saturday morning, forcing the Sea to Sky Gondola to close as police investigate .

Questions remain as RCMP continue to investigate Sea to Sky gondola vandalism © Squamish RCMP A gondola carriage rests on the ground at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, where a cut cable sent the entire tourist attraction plummeting to the ground on Aug. 10, 2019.

RCMP continue to investigate an incident that shut down the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.

Close to 20 of the gondola's 30 cabins were damaged after the main cable was cut around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, causing the rope to fall. No one was injured in the collapse.

Sea to Sky Gondola general manager Kirby Brown calls the incident unprecedented, saying it could impact the entire uphill lift industry.

"It will change things," he said. "We are in conversation with industry partners about additional security measures and steps. It's certainly an eye-opening moment in time."

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SQUAMISH, B.C. — Police believe someone may have intentionally cut a gondola cable at a tourist attraction in Squamish, B.C., sending several unoccupied cabins to the ground early Saturday. RCMP say they’re still assessing the damage, but early signs point to the Sea to Sky Gondola cable being cut.

Police investigation suggests Sea to Sky Gondola collapse was sabotage. In their investigation , police are working with the gondola operators, Work Safe BC, and Technical Safety BC. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to reach out to Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100 or

A Grouse Mountain spokesperson told Global News it has set up safety procedures for its Skyride gondola, including daily equipment checks, since the incident in Squamish.

The crime required cutting a cable 55 milimetres wide and weighing about 22 pounds per metre.

RCMP say they are following all leads and are combing through details dating back to when the gondola opened about five years ago up to Saturday when the gondola cars came crashing down.

The company is pleading with the public to stay out of the three trails directly under the gondola, which remain closed as RCMP continue their investigation.

Brown says it'll take time and money, but the attraction will survive this unprecedented and costly crime.

"I can't fix the heartbreak to the community and our team that comes from an incident like this — just the emotionality around it, the random recklessness of this — those are things I can't repair other than to be completely forthcoming," Brown said.

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"We're just going to be sharing a lot and inviting people to join us in the journey of reopening."

The attraction remains behind police tape as the company, which says it has never been threatened or known of any disgruntled employees, remains baffled at why someone would do something so destructive and dangerous.

-- with files from Sean Boynton

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