Adventure Island waterpark has been found negligent in connection with the 2011 lightning strike death of a lifeguard, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Local media reports that an OSHA investigation has determined that the Tampa, Fla., waterpark failed to follow procedures and shut down rides as it responded to a thunderstorm. As a result, Justin Savers Inversso, a 21-year-old lifeguard was struck while working to evacuate guests from a slide. He died later at a hospital.
Adventure Island should “re-evaluate time required to evacuate guests from rides, especially when employees are the last to evacuate and seek shelter,” according to the OSHA report.
The agency has fined the waterpark $7,000, but according to a report in The Tampa Tribune, management is challenging the findings.
“Our deepest sympathies remain with the family and friends of our team member,” park spokeswoman Jill Revelle told The Tribune. Read more..