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Hundreds wait in extreme heat for hours to see the Tall Ships

Visitors were unhappy with lack of shade and water
Posted at 6:37 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 18:37:31-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Hundreds of people flocked to Canalside to tour the Tall Ships, but wound up in long lines facing extreme heat.

"We came in, we paid our $20, and I've been in the line ever since," said Kevin Stott, a Tall Ships spectator.

He was one of many who found themselves waiting in line for around two hours in direct sun.

"You're going to burn. You're going to thirst," Stott said.

Visitors complained about a lack of shade and water. At first they were told they were not allowed to bring water bottles past security, but that was reversed due to the high temperatures.

Once inside, there were a few places to purchase water.

"I'm not sure who the event coordinator was, but this part was void of logic," Stott said.

Stott's main concern was that there were no misters or shade.

"Thank God these girls just came by with water and freezy pops that you could buy because there's really nothing here.," Kimberly Metzinger, another Tall Ships spectator said.

She had come from Hamburg to tour the large boats.

"I came down to see the Tall Ships. It's sweltering hot. There's no bathrooms," said Metzinger.

There were few spots of shade to take cover from the sun, but that would require getting out of line.

"There's not a lot of bathrooms, no misters, no shade," Stott said.