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    Tourist Dies on Roa's Rapids

    Wow.

    By Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel

    6:16 p.m. EDT, October 4, 2010
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    A 68-year-old tourist died after he who was pulled from a water feature at SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica, officials said.

    Orange County Fire Rescue said the man was unresponsive at 11:12 a.m. but his condition improved when he was transported to nearby Dr. Phillips Hospital.

    The Orange County Sheriff's office said the man was pronounced dead at the hospital just before noon.


    The man was found in the park's Roa's Rapids, which is a faster version of a lazy river. Anyone shorter than 51 inches must wear a lifejacket, according to the Aquatica website.

    The park's website describes the ride as "an action river ride through the white waters of Aquatica."

    "Get ready for an awesome adventure through a roaring sea of high tides, swirling whirlies, and gushing geysers- all at speeds that leave ordinary river rides eating this one's wake," the website says.

    The man's name was not released. The Sheriff's Office said he was visiting the park and lived outside of the United States.

    The ride was shut down for about an hour after the incident, but park officials did not divulge details to park guests, said John Newland, who was at the park with his family.

    Newland, a firefighter from Murfreesboro, Tenn., said he was curious about why the ride was closed and suspected an accident had occurred after he heard sirens.

    The ride, he said, is like a lazy river that moves quickly, and added that his young daughter loves it.

    A sign at the entrance to the ride warns riders that "only guests in good health should ride this attraction."

    Honeymooners Steve and Danielle Brown, of Luton Town, England, said they arrived at the park around 11 a.m. and noticed the ride was closed. They rode on it after it reopened, about an hour later.

    "The current can be quite strong," Danielle Brown said, adding that life jackets are available to all riders.

    Orange County Fire Rescue said firefighters responded within five minutes after receiving a 911 call about a near drowning. Aquatica staff removed the man from the ride and began life-saving procedures before Orange County Fire Rescue arrived.

    Firefighter/paramedics took over after arriving at the park and continued advanced life-saving treatments, Orange County Fire Rescue said.

    In a brief statement, a spokesman for SeaWorld Orlando, Nick Gollattscheck, reiterated some of the details already released by Orange County Fire Rescue and the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

    "The park's lifeguards responded quickly and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The man was transported by ambulance to Dr. Phillips hospital," the statement added. "Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time."

    The Sheriff's Office is conducting the investigation into the man's death.

    "Information regarding cause of death is currently being withheld until Medical Examiner makes a determination,'' a statement from the Sheriff's Office said.

    No other details were available.

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    SeaWorld needs to catch a good break. This is just all too much.

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    Yeap, its crazy what is happenning over there.

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    That is quite unfortunate.

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    Darn! Not a good week for Sea World :-S

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    Quote Originally Posted by Felipe View Post
    Darn! Not a good week for Sea World :-S
    Just not a good year for SWO in general.

    Anyways, whoa all of this happening in a year. I agree with Rock'nRoller: 2010 is indeed a bad year for SWO. From trainers dying to lawsuits to whales dying to THIS, this is, by no means, a good year for SWO. What's next, Kraken valleying?
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    Whales dieing, Seaworld getting sued, and now this? Dang.

    I guess:

    2010 = Sea World's bad year


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    The guy died of a heart attack. It had nothing to do with the saftey or operations of the park.

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    ^ Why why why do people put themselves in so much danger when they know they have a life threatening condition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mantaguy View Post
    ^ Why why why do people put themselves in so much danger when they know they have a life threatening condition?
    Heart attacks don't always happen to unhealthy people. Just look at the coach of Michigan State's football team. Completely healthy and he had a heart attack after a game.

    Sometimes things just happen.

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    This is awful for everyone involved.
    And JungleSkip is right unfortunately sometimes these things do happen to healthy people. Seaworld can't be blamed, I noticed a huge step in safety during my last visit, especially on Roa's Rapids there was safety warnings over the background musics every few minutes and warning signs everywhere. Just an untimely accident.
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    But heart attacks don't just happen for no reason. Something aggrivated both of these men, wheather it be a stressful football game or a fast moving river.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mantaguy View Post
    But heart attacks don't just happen for no reason. Something aggrivated both of these men, wheather it be a stressful football game or a fast moving river.
    Not always. My father was relaxing on the couch when he had a heart attack. Luckily, he made it to the hospital and was fine but they're definitely not always expected. He never thought that he would have one but he still did.

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    But something still has to cause it. Your blood doesn't just stop flowing to your heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mantaguy View Post
    But something still has to cause it. Your blood doesn't just stop flowing to your heart.
    Yes, but odds are, this man had no clue that he had a heart condition before going to Aquatica, making the heart attack unavoidable at that point.

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