A 21-year-old man has fallen 137 metres to his death from an amusement park ride, which is dubbed the ‘world’s highest swing ride’.
On Monday, Jacob David Kaminsky fell from the Orlando StarFlyer, at ICON Park in Florida at around 7am, WKMG-TV reported.
Mr Kaminsky was 450 feet, or roughly 137 metres, high in the air when he fell to his death, the Orange County Fire Rescue confirmed.
In a statement shared to Facebook, StarFlyer confirmed the operators were cooperating with the investigation and the ride will remain closed “until further notice”.
“A maintenance team member with the Orlando StarFlyer sustained catastrophic injuries while conducting a daily inspection on the interior of the attraction,” the statement said.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the team member’s family and fellow team members.”
According to the StarFlyer’s website, it is the “world’s tallest swing ride”.
“Moving up and down and rotating around the giant tower at speeds of up to 45mph (72km/h), no other attraction combines safety and thrills like the Starflyer,” the website boasts.
Mr Kaminsky’s former employer, Rocky Mountain Construction, paid tribute to him on Facebook, offering their condolences to his family.
“To his family of whom we have never met... you raised a very hard working, determined, responsible, honest young man. You should be very proud,” Rocky Mountain Construction said on Facebook.
We send you our sincere condolences and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.”
The company described Mr Kaminsky as an “exceptional young man”, who loved rollercoasters.
The Facebook post explained due to COVID-19, Rocky Mountain Construction had to let Mr Kaminsky go in March, but welcomed him back several months later to work on another ride.
“He recently joined forces with another company and sadly, had a terrible fatal accident while working on The StarFlyer in Orlando today,” the Facebook post explained.
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