Published: Tue, August 13, 2019

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish closed after cable collapse

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish closed after cable collapse

A gondola vehicle rests on its side on the mountain after a cable snapped overnight at the Sea to Sky Gondola causing gondola cars to crash to the ground below in Squamish, B.C., on Saturday August 10, 2019.

"At this time, we believe the cables were cut and there's a deliberate act of vandalism", Insp.

Ken Bailey, a spokesman for Sea to Sky Gondola, said at around 4:30 a.m., they received a report that the haul rope for the gondola had fallen and that the lift was "inoperable".

In a short statement Saturday, he said no guests or staff were on the gondola and no injuries were sustained in the incident.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. "At this time, it's a crime scene", she added.

Nearly all of the 30 cars attached to the cable crashed to the ground.

The RCMP said in a statement that technical staff and the gondola's manufacturers were inspecting the cable to confirm whether it had been vandalised.

In an email to Narcity, a representative of the RCMP said, "While the investigation is still in its infancy, we are pursuing a number of investigative avenues which include following up on tips, evaluating the physical evidence and reviewing the digital evidence and working alongside other key agencies assisting us in this technical investigation".

"This type of incident resonates with everyone, as we all recognize the impact of what could have happened", Constable MacKay said.

"We are now assessing the damage but our preliminary assessment suggests that a cable was cut".

Police are asking for any hikers, climbers, or campers who were in the area to contact them.

The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.

Officers are now working at the scene with Technical Safety BC and manufacturers Doppelmayr.

No one was injured since the cabin cars don't start running until 9:30 a.m., she said.

RCMP are requesting that people stay away from the area, including nearby outdoor trails. Each of the 31 cars holds eight people.

"The Sea to Sky Gondola is CLOSED for the foreseeable future due to a major lift incident", according to the website.

The gondola, located about 60 kilometres north of Vancouver, has been closed indefinitely.

TheSea to Sky Gondola officially opened in May 2014 and when in operation, it takes around 10 minutes to reach an elevation of 885 metres above Howe Sound.

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