Seagull hits teen in face while on SpringShot ride in Wildwood, New Jersey

Morey's Piers' SpringShot ride shoots you into the air at speeds over 75 mph

ByBrandon Longo KABC logo
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Teen gets hit by seagull on Jersey shore amusement ride
The seagull ventured too close to the ride at Morey's Piers along the Wildwood Boardwalk, and held onto the teen's neck for a few seconds.

WILDWOOD, New Jersey -- A group of friends celebrating a birthday at the Jersey Shore definitely have a story for the ages.

Georgia Reed, 14, and Kiley Holman, 13, who live near Weatherly, Pennsylvania, got quite the surprise visitor while on a ride at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey earlier this month.

Georgia was celebrating her 14th birthday while on vacation and decided to go on the SpringShot ride at the amusement park.

"She wanted to do the SpringShot. and I've done the SpringShot previously so I wasn't that nervous," Kiley said.

According to Morey's website, the ride shoots you into the air at speeds over 75 mph. But the website doesn't say you'll meet a flying seagull out of nowhere!

Video shows the two teenagers get fired into the air and then, shockingly, Kiley comes face-to-face with a seagull.

YIKES! A group of friends celebrating a 14th birthday got something more than they expected -- a seagull joining the party high above the Jersey shore.

"When I got shot up, then I saw it. It was going the opposite way and then it came back and hit me right in the face," Kiley said. "It felt really light and it only left like the tiniest scratch."

Kiley was able to remove the bird and it seemingly flew away uninjured.

All of this occurred right next to Georgia, who had no idea what was going on right next to her.

"I was trying to tell her," Kiley said.

In the video, Kiley can be heard yelling, "A bird flew on my face! A bird flew on my face! Oh my God!"

But Georgia couldn't hear it. She was focused on getting through the ride.

"She told me to stop talking because she thought she was going to throw up," Kiley said.

Down on the ground, Georgia's mother Alena Reed also was not aware what was happening above.

"We did not know what happened until they got off. We did see feathers falling from ride, but at first, I assumed they were tickets," Alena told Action News.

The feathery fiasco happened in the first few seconds of the ride, meaning the girls flipped and spun in the air for almost a full minute afterwards.

Before they were even back on the ground, Kiley knew this story was too tall of a bird tale to be believed without evidence.

"I can't wait to see this video," Kiley said while still on the ride.

Neither could the internet, as the video has racked up hundreds of thousands of views online.

Oddly enough, Kiley says this was kind of a dream come true. She loves animals and says she's always wanted to catch a seagull.

"I saw it on the internet, people trying to catch them and, I don't know, I just thought it would be cool," Kiley said.

Reed says the girls couldn't stop laughing after the ride.

Kiley is real animal person. Her family has three dogs, two cats and a horse. She says the best part is the bird flew away unharmed.

So, will she ever ride the SpringShot again?

"Yeah," Kiley said.

Like Bobby Rydell says, "Oh those Wildwood days."