Over the last three weeks, operators of the zip line that runs from downtown Columbus across the Chattahoochee River have found fishing lures dangling from the line.
Columbus Police are investigating because the lures present a safety risk for the zip line instructors employed by Whitewater Express, the company that operates the attraction.
At least four times lures have been found, said Whitewater Express manager Lucas Brown.
“It is not an accident,” Brown said. “It is obvious that somebody is doing it on purpose.”
The zip line is about 100 feet off the ground when it starts on the Georgia bank and about 30 feet high at the terminal point in Phenix City.The lures have been discovered by the instructors, who run the line prior to putting customers across the river.
“This presents a real danger to our instructors,” Brown said. “If they are not careful, somebody could get hurt.”
What Brown and others fear is a dangling lure could snag one of the instructors. They are going 35 miles per hour or faster on the line.Whitewater Express has filed three police reports over the last three weeks. If the person or people who are doing it are caught, they could face reckless conduct charges, according to police.
Brown suspects it is being done from the water and not the bank.
“From where we are finding them, it has to be coming from a boat,” Brown said.