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William Macera, 23, was trying to get over his fear of heights. At his fiance's urging, he agreed to ride the "Texas Blastoff," a bungee ride that slingshots riders 150 through the air for a thrill that is supposed to last only 60 seconds.
Instead, due to a ride malfunction, the pair ended up dangling 100 feet in the air for three hours until firefighters could bring them down at the Zero Gravity Thrill Park in Dallas Monday night.
"I was pretty confident, it's going to be over within less than 60 seconds, no problem," Macera told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. "We just went for a fun ride and it turned out to be the worst ride of my life."
Authorities said the bungee cords on one side of the ride got tangled, leaving Macera and his fiance suspended at an angle in the near 100-degree heat, helpless until firefighters arrived with a special basket attached to a ladder to rescue them.
"Texas Blastoff" is closed until the cause of the malfunction can be determined. The ride was last inspected in February of this year.
For Macera, the incident did nothing to quell his fear of heights, although it did bring the couple closer together.
"I'm never riding anything of that sort ever again," Macera said. "If we can get past that, I'm sure everything else is good."