Woman falls off thrill ride on ‘Surf Dance’

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Tragic Trip  From this Gondola ride called “Surf Dance” at star City fell a woman last weekend. the rider is now in stable condition, partly because she was immediately given first aid by the amusement park’s medical team. fiLe photo

Tragic Trip
From this Gondola ride called “Surf Dance” at star City fell a woman last weekend. the rider is now in stable condition, partly because she was immediately given first aid by the amusement park’s medical team. fiLe photo

Fear gripped the Star City amusement park in Pasay City (Metro Manila) after a woman fell from a thrill ride over the weekend.

Cecilia Cifra, a 31-year-old call center agent, broke her right leg and sustained abrasions in her lower lip when she landed on the ground from a height of four feet.

She had been seated at the farthest left, last row of the popular “Surf Dance,” a 44-seater gondola ride that extremely swings and twists upward, downward and sideways.

In a bedside interview with Senior Insp. Allan Estrada, commander of CCP Complex Community Precinct (PS-1), at the Manila Adventist Hospital, Cifra said she heard a crackling sound when the ride started to move and the safety bar where she was seated suddenly loosened.


The still unidentified operator of “Surf Dance” managed to halt the ride quickly.
Dr. Albe Alegre, head of the theme park’s medical team, immediately attended to the woman and gave her first aid.

Cifra expressed frustration about her misfortune because she was supposed to unwind from her stressful work along with her two friends and five colleagues.
Police said the victim is now in stable condition.

The management of Star City is yet to give a statement on the matter.
Cifra and her family also refused to be further interviewed by the media.

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