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Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:00 pm

Hey all, TH13TEEN isn't the only one with teething problems, not sure if this is an occasional occurance, but it happend yesterday around 2:30pm where the Kobra didn't make it over the far hill after it had gone over, causing the whole gondala to remain in the opposite side of the ride from the station. There was a great view whilst on it, and the girl two seats down from me threw up due to the tight harness claiming she could't breathe. After about 5 minutes two men managed to 'wiggle' out of their harness, and were free to walk about on it, the staff were very friendly, but seemed pretty cheesed off at the problem, we all got issued with exit passes which was great, but strangely enough, the ride seemed more fun when it broke down with us on it, but was a great ride both (one and a half) times.

Anyone else had a similar experience? Or was on it aswell? :D
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:13 pm

I have heard of this problem, I'd personally like to see how they restart the ride after :)

Sounds like an interesting experience.
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:18 pm

"RUBIX-KUBE" wrote:
After about 5 minutes two men managed to 'wiggle' out of their harness, and were free to walk about on it,


I don't know about anyone else but is that not worthy of more discussion? What were the staff doing whilst these two men were allowed to "wiggle" from their restraints? :shock: Something they shouldn't be allowed to do under any crcumstances surely?
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:30 pm

That's exactly right, the staff at that point were at the main control panel, with another at the store shed retriving the step ladder to get us off, the men who got free were walking up and down the ride trying to pull off customer's/victim's harnesses for them which was entirely wrong. Shortly after the engineers came and opened the motor control shell surrounding the panel whilst the staff at the base manually 'cranked' the gondala round so the entrance gap was facing the wooded area at the back of 'Wild Asia'. The engineer on the platform now went over to one of the harnesses and poked his hand right up the spine of the seat to pull the lever to releive the harness, as normal some members of the public started trying to do the same which lead me to not want to re-ride knowing the public have messed about with it, I know it's prejudiced but I'm sure most people would feel the same. The engineer told off the people trying to do it and told them to exit using the stairs provided. After all the harnesses were lowered and everyone had got off, the ride endured about an hour of testing and then shortly opened at 3:30pm.
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:59 pm

So it's possible to reach the release catch yourself? That sounds safe.
 
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:36 pm

"DiogoJ42" wrote:
So it's possible to reach the release catch yourself? That sounds safe.


You mean like I always do on Enterprise (once the ride has stopped of course)? 8-[
 
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Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:38 pm

:D I do that with enterprsie as well TBH. :P But the door isn't holding you in on that!
 
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:11 pm

"DiogoJ42" wrote:
:D I do that with enterprsie as well TBH. :P But the door isn't holding you in on that!


True, but if you put your mind to it, no doubt you could open it mid-ride and try and escape Enterprise... (Please don't try this folks :roll: )
 
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:17 pm

Also, I'm sure it'd be pretty obvious if someone was trying to grab inside there seat on Kobra so I would guess/hope it'd be E-stopped pretty quickly if someone was stupid enough to try it.
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:36 pm

When im Kobra, the last thing I think about is letting myself out. I would not know where to look for it. I would be gutted if it broke down while on ride as it would be pretty dull having to wait to get off it with a step ladder. It takes long enough to unload when the ride is fully working.
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:56 pm

You know what?

If you want to you can step onto a motorway and get hit by a car.

If you want to, you can sit front row on Nemmy on the right and stick your arm out on the brakerun and lose it.

If you want to you can jump out a rapids boat quite easily.

As long as it's pretty hard to reach, and would extremely unlikely to be accidentally activated, it really doesn't matter. Especially as Kobra is such a [s:3168z52g]boring[/s:3168z52g] tame ride anyway.
 
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:37 pm

This breakdown occured on Wednesday also. The issue about people being able to get out of the harness isn't the fact that you can release the catch, but that people can manage to get out of the restraints by doing what has been said above and "wriggling" out of them.

On Wednesday the ride stopped in the opposite valley to the station as i was in the Lorikeet Lagoon, i heard all the guests on the ride cheering and laughing as it did this. As i know it happens quite a bit i wasn't that interested but as we left the Lagoon i saw no sign of staff near the gondola but one woman and two children walking around on the disk its self. At this time one member of staff was briskly walking up the ride area towards them but i didn't hang around to see how the ride was evacuated or restarted.

Surely this shouldn't be allowed?
 
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Sat Jun 05, 2010 6:33 pm

"altontowerskid" wrote:
Surely this shouldn't be allowed?

It's one thing disallowing it, it's another to be able to stop people from doing it - these people probably started wriggling out before staff had a chance to walk over to the ride area.

I have to agree 100% with Sam, tbh. You can't easily wriggle out of any of these rides, or accidentally release yourself. To get out, you have to put in a bit of effort to do so, and therefore the blame must rest squarely on your shoulders.
 
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:30 pm

Totally in agreement with islander, there are many rides that you can free yourself from e.g RMT,rapids,blade possibly duel, flume,. marauders. heck maybe even twirling toad stalls and enterprise! But you just don't as it is highly stupid. there made as safely as possible so don't worry :D

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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:34 pm

Kobra has been down at least all of this week, including the previous weekend.
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:32 pm

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Kobra has been down at least all of this week, including the previous weekend.


I was there on Saturday. Should have had an ERS on Kobra, but it was suffering 'technical difficulties" (as confirmed by the ride engineer) and is expected to be unavailable for appropriately 14 days. Unfortunately the engineer would not elaborate.
 
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:07 am

So why is Kobra having so many issues? There was nothing like this when Edge opened, If a small park can manage it why can't CWOA?
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:05 pm

"ThrillJunkie" wrote:
So why is Kobra having so many issues? There was nothing like this when Edge opened, If a small park can manage it why can't CWOA?

Mainly because nothing is perfect, you can get two cameras from maplins, one can be working fine, the other well, not so fine. Nothing will ever be perfect, humans, animals, objects etc. Expect things to go wrong, especially on a new 'toy'. I'm sure there still stands a day where I can say, most, if not all, rides will breakdown or atleast have some downtime. It's a problem which cannot be avoided. And a problem engineers are trained for.
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Sat Jul 17, 2010 4:22 pm

I was on Kobra a few weeks ago when it broke down. It went over the hill when it shouldn't have and didn't have the momentum to get back. As above it took ages while the ride was manually turned round then people released one by one. We didn't get exit passes but there were no queues and it was nearly closing time anyway :cry:

It is awful that people got themselves free but I don't think that is something that can happen in normal operation, especially if you lean forwards when the back comes up as you are supposed to. It would take quite some effort to get out. It is even worse if people were copying the staff and releasing people.

It's interesting that Paultons Park had less issues but I would imagine it had lighter use.
 
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Re: Kobra Breakdown

Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:18 pm

"Fiyero" wrote:
It's interesting that Paultons Park had less issues but I would imagine it had lighter use.


Ah, but did it have fewer issues? Or do we just assume that it didn't because we don't track the operational success of small, semi-obscure kiddies parks in Hampshire quite as obsessively as a popular Merlin Park?
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