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VIDEO: Horror as French fairground ride snaps

Thrill-seekers somehow escaped largely unscathed after an elastic rope snapped on a "slingshot" ride at a theme park in southern France.

VIDEO: Horror as French fairground ride snaps
The thrill seekers were lucky to escape with their lives. File photo: AFP
For those who are already scared of amusement park rides, now might be a good time to look away. 
 
The video below, which was uploaded to YouTube on Friday, captures the exact moment one side of the elastic snapped on a slingshot ride  – also known as a reverse bungee – at Luna Park, at Cap d'Agde on the coast of southern France. 
 
It had been viewed more than half a million times by Monday morning.
 
After the slingshot catapults its passengers into the air, the elastic snaps on the way down, violently jolting the cable as the crowd below gasps and cries out in shock. 
 
The cable car continues to bob up and down, smashing into the stanchion to the right of the screen before eventually coming to a stop. 
 
See the video below. The slingshot takes off at the 35-second mark.
 
 
Paramedics were soon on the scene, with a 24-year-old woman suffering from a broken leg, reported the local Hérault 24 newspaper. The other person on the ride was not seriously injured.
 
Theme park officials blamed the accident on a “manufacturing defect” in the elastic. An investigation has been launched.

 
 
 
 

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Visitor rise boosts Disneyland Paris

Euro Disney, which runs the Disneyland Paris theme park, said on Tuesday that its sales rose 4.0 percent to €358 million ($444 million) in the quarter ending in June thanks to a rise in visitors and their spending.

In the first nine months of its financial year that ends in September 2012, the company's sales rose 2.3 percent to €908.8 million.

"Despite the general wait-and-see consumer behavior, we believe the third quarter performance marks an encouraging trend," chief executive Philippe Gas
was quoted as saying in a statement.

He expressed confidence the commitment of employees and the attractiveness of Disneyland Paris, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, would continue
to generate growth but made no projections about annual results.

In May, Euro Disney reported a 22-percent increase in its net loss for the first half of its financial year at €100.8 million and warned it might have to take cost-cutting action. At that point sales were down one percent at €552.4 million.

Sales at the theme parks in the three months to June rose by 6.0 percent to €207.8 million, with the number of visitors up by 2.0 percent and spending per visitor increasing by 3.0 percent.

Hotels and restaurants outside the park saw sales rise 1.0 percent to €138.6 million, with a rise in room prices counterbalanced by a drop in occupancy rates, especially by Spanish and Dutch visitors.

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