Accident at Cypress Gardens leaves boy hospitalized
From the Theme Park Insider Accident Watch
today, an incident at Florida's Cypress Gardens last night:
A 12-15 year old boy fell out of the Triple Hurricane roller coaster when it was going around a turn at around 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006. He fell from a height of about 15 feet. He was airlifted to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa, where he was listed in serious condition with multiple injuries. -- Reported on February 26, 2006 by Betty Solbjor.
An investigation is underway. And, as always, the thoughts of the entire roller coaster and theme park fan community are surely with the victim and his family.
Man dat must be horrible but why isn't cypress gardens listed on this website???????????
It is a relatively low attendance park, with only 1.4 million guests last year. Generally, we list paid-admission U.S. parks once they hit two million annual guests. But if there's a strong core of people willing to enter and update the listings, I'll throw in on.
On the radio this morning (105.1) they stated that the boy got out of the lap restraint, stood up, turned around, lost his balance and fell. They also said that the boy was dared to do this and the family has requested that no more information be released to the public.
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I mean maybe this is a silly guestion, but how was he able to get out of the restraints? He really shouldn't be able to, but I guess there is no way to totally make it totally kidproof. If he wants to get out, he will get out!
If we are all honest we all see if we could get out of the restraints. Who doesn't sit there at the loading station thinking they could get out if they really wanted too. Who pulls the lap bar down fully so it really tight against you? I don't, I prefer a little moving space just in case!!
The state came in and checked the coaster and nothing was wrong with it. The boy was dared to stand up on the ride and when he was seated, he was turned to the side, so he could slip out. When the coaster went around a corner, he was flung from the coaster. He fell on the grass about 10-12 feet below. When the coaster stopped, the lap bar was in place and secure.
I have annual passes to Cypress Gardens, and I've ridden the Triple Hurricane about six times so far this year. It's a smaller wooden coaster, kind of mine-train-sized, with out & back hills. the restraint is a metal bar fastened to the front wall of your car that folds down to be straight out from the front wall, parallel with your lap, with some room between the bar and your lap. It is not at all snug, but it would still take some effort to get out of it, and you would have to be at least somewhat slender, I think. I am not at all slender, and would not be able to do it.
If you ask me, this is pure stupidity.
As a parent, it is just sad to see how much suffering can result from one act of foolishness, stupidity or ignorance. (Of all we have documented many here at TPI.) I feel terrible for everyone involved.
I agree with Robert. It is a shame to here of people needlessly injured for the sake of a dare. My prayers for the boy and his family. It is lucky that he is still alive, many do not survive that type of accident. We must also remember the other riders in our prayers as they will undoubtedly be traumatized from witnessing this tragedy.
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