A 14-year-old boy died at Icon Park in Orlando, Florida after a ride malfunctioned. The incident happened on Saturday, July 3, 2021. The boy was riding the “Sling Shot” ride with his 12-year-old brother when the cable snapped, causing the ride to break free and crash into a metal post. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Sling Shot Ride
The Sling Shot ride is a popular attraction at Icon Park. It consists of two towers that are 300 feet tall and are connected by a cable. Riders are strapped into a seat that is attached to the cable and then launched into the air at a high speed. The ride is known for its intense G-forces and is not recommended for people with heart conditions or other medical issues.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are investigating the incident. The ride has been closed indefinitely while the investigation continues. The owners of Icon Park have expressed their condolences to the family of the boy and have promised to cooperate fully with the investigation.
The Family’s Reaction
The family of the boy who died have not released a statement to the media. However, friends and family members have posted messages of support and condolences on social media. Many people are calling for increased safety measures on amusement park rides to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
Amusement Park Safety
Amusement park rides are generally safe, but accidents can happen. In recent years, there have been several high-profile incidents involving amusement park rides, including the death of a 10-year-old boy on a waterslide in Kansas and the death of a 12-year-old girl on a spinning ride in Ohio. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has established safety guidelines for amusement park rides, but it is up to individual parks to enforce them.
The death of a 14-year-old boy at Icon Park is a tragedy. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and we hope that it will lead to increased safety measures on amusement park rides. It is important for amusement parks to prioritize the safety of their guests and take all necessary precautions to prevent accidents from happening.