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  • Boy Dies On Playland Water Ride

    I haven't seen this anywhere here, so I thought I'd post this. This certainly hasn't been a good year for theme parks, and this definately won't make it any better.


    Boy Dies On Playland Water Ride
    A 7-year-old boy was found dead in the water of a boat ride at an historic amusement park Wednesday after he didn't emerge from a tunnel, authorities said.

    The boy apparently climbed out the boat and got caught in the conveyor belt of the Ye Old Mill, a boat-in-the-dark ride, at Playland in Westchester.
    The ride that killed the Norwalk, Conn., boy, whose name was not released, is "one of our most benign," County Executive Andrew Spano said at a news conference.

    The ride consists of 14 boats propelled into a tunnel. The water is 2 1/2 feet deep at its deepest, and instructions tell riders to stay seated and keep their hands inside their boats.

    The boy, who was at the park with his mother, got on the ride by himself after passing the 42-inch height requirement for riding alone and was the only person in his boat, Spano said.

    The ride and nearby attractions were shut down after the child's death. Spano said the state Department of Labor would investigate the death, which was the park's second in 15 months.

    In May 2004, a 7-year-old girl was killed on the park's spinning Mind Scrambler ride. Investigators concluded that the girl wriggled free of a restraining bar, knelt on the ride's seat and fell soon after it started.

    Playland, a National Historic Landmark, opened in 1928. The amusement park scenes in the movie "Big," starring Tom Hanks, were filmed there.

    The park has more than 50 rides, a pool and a beach on Long Island Sound, and receives more than a million visitors a year.
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    “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” - Walt Disney

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    Re: Boy Dies On Playland Water Ride

    How Terrible.
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      Here's an update...
      State investigators found nothing mechanically wrong with the slow-moving amusement park water ride in which a 7-year-old boy was killed, Westchester County officials said Thursday.

      Meanwhile, a coroner declared that the boy's death was caused by blunt head trauma.

      At a boardwalk news conference at the county-owned Playland amusement park, where the boy was mortally injured Wednesday afternoon, parks Commissioner Joseph Stout said the preliminary conclusion of a state Department of Labor team was that there was "no apparent mechanical failure" at Ye Old Mill boat ride.

      The inspectors also concluded that the Norwalk, Conn., boy, whose name was being withheld at his family's request, "was not seated in the boat when he came out of it."

      Playland Director Joseph Montalto said riders have occasionally gotten out of the boats during the six-minute ride through a tunnel, usually for "mischief," though there are several signs warning riders to stay in their seats.

      "You find them running around the ride," he said. "Sometimes they want to scare somebody in the boat behind them, sometimes they want to go play with some of the exhibits," most of which are scenes of trolls and gnomes.

      He said he knew of no injuries caused by such behavior before and said 80,000 people a year go through the ride safely.

      The boat ride, which is one of the original attractions at the 77-year-old park, will be closed for at least a week until the Department of Labor's full report is received, Montalto said. He said he didn't know if there was any dip in attendance caused by news of the boy's death.

      Stout, the parks commissioner, said employees were "taking this very much to heart." It was the second death on a park ride in 15 months.

      County police Commissioner Thomas Belfiore said three people who were on the ride at about the same time as the boy had been interviewed but didn't remember seeing him. He asked that anyone who was on the ride at about 4 p.m. Wednesday come forward to be interviewed.

      Though each boat can hold several passengers, the boy was riding by himself, having passed the 42-inch height requirement. The boy's mother waited through two circuits of the ride for him to come out, then notified the operators that he was missing, Belfiore said.

      The ride operators, then a park ranger and then police officers searched for him before finding his body under a conveyor belt that loads the boats into the ride, he said.

      Montalto said two state inspectors searched, operated and rode in Ye Old Mill on Thursday, interviewed the operators and reviewed the ride's manual.

      The boy's autopsy was performed in Connecticut because he was pronounced dead at Greenwich Hospital. A spokesman at the state medical examiner's office said the death was caused by blunt head trauma and was accidental.

      In May 2004, a 7-year-old girl was killed on the park's spinning Mind Scrambler ride. Investigators concluded that the girl wriggled free of a restraining bar, knelt on the ride's seat and fell soon after it started.

      Playland, a National Historic Landmark, opened in 1928. The amusement park scenes in the Tom Hanks movie "Big" were filmed there.

      The park has more than 50 rides, a pool and a beach on Long Island Sound and receives more than a million visitors a year.
      “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” - Walt Disney

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        “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” - Walt Disney

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          Re: Boy Dies On Playland Water Ride

          That's just so sad.



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            Here's an update from WABC....
            Originally posted by 7online
            Family To Sue Rye Playland For Boy's Death


            (White Plains, N.Y. -AP, Sept. 14, 2005) - A Connecticut family has hired an attorney and is expected to announce a lawsuit against Rye Playland in connection with the death of their seven-year-old boy.

            The family of Jon Kely Cassara says the lawsuit will charged the park and Westchester County with negligence, carelessness and wrongful death.

            The family has hired Manhattan attorney, Marvin Salenger, who specializes in personal injury lawsuits.

            The family says it intends to donate any money that it might get to establishing homes and schools for deprived and abused children.

            Jon Kely died of blunt trauma to the head on August Third, after becoming trapped by a conveyor belt under 30 inches of water in the Ye Old Mill, an indoor tunnel-of-love-style ride at the amusement park. The family statement asserts that the ride should have had seat belts, better supervision and that the boy should not have been allowed to ride alone.

            Investigators concluded the child was not seated properly at the time of the accident but the exact reason that he left the boat remains a mystery, since there were no witnesses or recording devices.

            County spokeswoman Susan Tolchin said state officials conducted a thorough investigation and concluded there was no negligence on the county's part. She says the ride has been in existence for over 75 years and over six million people have been on it without an accident.
            “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” - Walt Disney

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              Re: Boy Dies On Playland Water Ride

              Ahaha... I love it that the parents say that the child should not have ridden alone. Well, hindsight is always 20/20, isn't it, retards?! :P

              Sure, the ride could probably use belts. Yes, the rules allowed a child of his size to ride alone.

              But seriously. Who lets their seven year old get on something by themselves when they don't have full eye contact the entire time? :P
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