Home briefs: Thrill seekers stuck on roller coaster

Thrill seekers stuck on roller coaster

Adrenaline junkies on the popular Battlestar Galactica roller coaster at Universal Studios Singapore (USS) were stuck on the ride for about 20 minutes yesterday afternoon after a "technical error".

A theme-park goer, who wanted to be known only as Mira, related how USS staff were seen rescuing people one by one from the ride, guiding them along the rails to safety. She said it took about 20 minutes for everyone to be rescued.

A spokesman for Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), which manages USS, said the roller coaster experienced a "technical error", and that standard operating procedures were followed to evacuate riders safely from the lower section of the ride.

Staff then conducted a routine safety check before allowing the ride to resume at 5.08pm, the spokesman said.

Fly directly to South Pacific on Fiji Airways

Singaporeans can now fly directly to South Pacific islands after the inaugural flight of Fiji Airways arrived at Changi Airport yesterday.

This is Changi's first direct air link to Fiji.

The 10-hour flight between Changi and Nadi International Airport, located on Fiji's main island of Viti Levu, runs every Wednesday and Saturday on a 273-seater Airbus 330 in a two-class configuration.

It will save travellers at least three hours, as they currently have to transfer in New Zealand or Australia.

Once in Nadi, travellers can reach countries like Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu through the airline's regional network.

PUB plans Tuas water reclamation plant

National water agency PUB is looking for industry partners to design and construct a new water reclamation plant (WRP) in Tuas, as well as sewer tunnels to serve the western part of Singapore.

By 2025, about 100km of new tunnels will connect to the Tuas WRP, which will treat 800,000 cubic m of used water a day.

The tunnels will work purely by gravity, while the WRP will incorporate technology that improves energy efficiency, reduces waste and minimises manpower through automation.

PUB said the project would go towards ensuring Singapore's long-term water sustainability.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 07, 2016, with the headline 'Home briefs: Thrill seekers stuck on roller coaster'. Print Edition | Subscribe