A worker fell to his death from the Orlando StarFlyer this morning. The 21-year-old was about halfway up the swing ride's 450-foot tower when he fell about 200 feet, the Orange County Sheriff's Office reported.
The incident happened shortly before 8am, and the man was pronounced dead at the Orlando Regional Medical Center.
The Orlando StarFlyer is billed as the world's tallest swing ride and is located in ICON Park on International Drive, close to The Wheel — the 400-foot observation wheel originally known as the Orlando Eye.
The swing ride is closed pending an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Update: The worker's name was Jake Kaminsky, and he had worked recently on Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa. Rocky Mountain Construction posted a tribute to Jake on its Facebook page.
We first met Jake at IAAPA a couple years ago...he was one of very few coaster enthusiasts that has ever visited our...Posted by Rocky Mountain Construction on Monday, September 14, 2020
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