Sea To Sky Gondola Incident Confirmed As Deliberate Act

After their investigation, Technical Safety BC has released their report about the cause of the haul rope collapse of the Sea To Sky Gondola this past August.

“Our technical failure analysis has concluded that the haul rope wires were substantially cut while under tension,” says Technical Safety BC’s Jeff Coleman, Director of Risk & Safety Knowledge. “Once a sufficient number of wire strands had been cut, the remaining rope segment yielded under the tension from the non-operating gondola.”

The cutting of the haul rope caused separation in the line, which then broke allowing for approximately 30 cabins to fall to the ground, damaging some beyond repair.

Technical Safety BC President and CEO Catherine Roome said, “As part of our mandate to oversee the technical safety of passenger ropeways in the province, including gondolas, Technical Safety BC was part of a multi-disciplinary team investigating this incident. Our expertise enabled us to provide impartial technical analysis and advice, and we are now working closely with the RCMP to support their investigation.”

The RCMP investigation is still ongoing, with hopes of finding those who cut the line. If you have any information about this incident, the RCMP may be contacted at their dedicated tip line at 604 892 6122. Alternatively, anonymous tips can be provided through BC Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 TIPS.

This wonderful tourist attraction in British Columbia, though down, is not out. Repairs have already begun with an estimated completion time of this coming Spring, baring any delay in the repairs.

A full report on this investigation of the haul rope can be found at the Technical Safety BC website. The initial report of the incident from August 10th can be found linked below.

Sea to Sky Gondola Crash Could Possibly Have Been An Intentional Act

This past Saturday morning, August 10, workers at the popular Sea to Sky Gondola in British Columbia, Canada heard and saw evidence of the cable and cars being on the ground. After an initial investigation, local authorities are looking into the possibility that this could have been an intentional act of vandalism.

Photo Credits: Technical Safety BC


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