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
The agency has fined the waterpark $7,000, but according to a
report in The Tampa Tribune, management is challenging the
“Our deepest sympathies remain with the family and friends of
our team member,” park spokeswoman Jill Revelle told The
Tribune. Read more..