The Occupational Health and Safety Administration office in Tampa,
Fla., is investigating the death of 21-year-old Justin Inversso,
who was working as a lifeguard at Adventure Island when he was
struck by lightning in September.
Inversso was escorting patrons off the 700-foot-high Key West
Rapids ride at the waterpark because of an oncoming storm when
lightning hit the structure.
He was standing in 2- to 3 feet of water at the time of the
lightning strike, according to a report in the Tampa
Co-workers administered CPR, but he died at a local hospital.
Busch Gardens and Adventure Island President Jim Dean said in a
statement that the incident was the first of its kind since the
waterpark opened in 1980.