Who minimize cable of B.C. gondola? Police canine airlifted to crime scene

CTV Information Vancouver

Revealed Monday, August 12, 2019 5:24PM PDT

Final Up to date Monday, August 12, 2019 7:14PM PDT

Mounties nonetheless contemplate a preferred B.C. vacationer attraction a criminal offense scene as investigators attempt to decide who’s behind a harmful and dear act of sabotage.

Members of the Squamish RCMP had been known as over the weekend to the Sea to Sky Gondola, an attraction off Freeway 99 about an hour’s drive south of Whistler, after it appeared that somebody minimize the thick metal cable.

On Monday, the RCMP could possibly be seen utilizing a helicopter to move a canine and its handler to the highest of mountain close to the Stawamus Chief. The investigation is ongoing, however police imagine the cable was cut intentionally.

Dozens of gondola vehicles crashed to the mountainside under when the cable was severed. Happily nobody was injured.

Few particulars are recognized, however operators stated they had been alerted at round four:30 a.m. Saturday. A safety guard heard a loud crash because the vehicles fell, inflicting over $1 million in harm.

The company said about 18 to 20 of the attraction’s vehicles had been broken past restore and can must be changed. It is working with raise producer Doppelmayr, however that it is unlikely the gondola will probably be working earlier than the top of the summer season season.

The cable will even must be changed.

“Within the meantime, we’re contacting the entire personal weddings and occasions which have been scheduled on the gondola. We’re working to relocate as many as potential to different stunning venues within the space,” employees stated in an announcement posted on-line.

Squamish has lengthy been Canada’s out of doors recreation capital, drawing journey seekers to the aqua blue waters of Howe Sound and into the peaks surrounding the group.

When the gondola first opened 5 years in the past, the attraction triggered a brand new wave of tourism development.

“The gondola completely put us on the map. It achieved worldwide consideration when it opened,” Squamish Mayor Karen Elliot instructed CTV Information Monday.

The Squamish River Rafting Firm launched within the following years, partnering with the gondola so vacationers can mix their actions right into a full-day expertise.

These on the rafting firm fear concerning the gondola closure’s influence on their enterprise.

“We’d lose some shoppers. Individuals may not come to Squamish. They could resolve to go to different areas to search for that sort of exercise,” Bob McKay stated.

However the Sea to Sky Gondola’s normal supervisor is hopeful the attraction can reopen quickly.

“It is a group of people that stand up on daily basis and actually wish to do one thing that we really feel is necessary,” Kirby Brown stated.

With a report from CTV Information Vancouver’s Ben Miljure in Squamish