ORLANDO, Fla. – A 21-year-old man fell 200 feet to his death Monday morning while conducting a daily safety check on the StarFlyer attraction in Orlando tourist’s district, deputies said.
The fatal accident was reported around 7:40 a.m. at ICON Park on International Drive.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the man was climbing the tower when he fell to the bottom platform.
Orange County Fire Rescue said the worker was about halfway up the 450-foot ride, dubbed the world’s tallest swing ride, when he fell onto the platform.
Rescue officials said crews used a platform truck to reach the man, who went into cardiac arrest.
The man was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.
“It’s a shock. (We are) saddened by it. Any time there is an injury or something of this nature, it’s extremely sad,” said John Stine, director of sales and marketing for StarFlyer. “We’re holding up and supporting each other.”
Stine said StarFlyer will be closed while the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigate the man’s death.
The giant swing takes guests around in a clockwise direction for nearly four minutes.
No other details have been released.
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