Once again, Jeff and his siblings had no public comment, though Prosapio released another statement that said that Schlitterbahn was “shocked” by the indictments. “The allegation that we operated, and failed to maintain, a ride that could foreseeably cause such a tragic accident is beyond the pale of speculation. In a black notebook, he constantly wrote down ideas for new rides he wanted to build. If the completed ride still didn’t meet his expectations, he’d tear it down and start over.

There are twenty million good reasons why the authorities should leave the slide designer alone. At the top of the platform, they were weighed again and placed in a raft. Sea World was clinical not without its safety issues (park employee fatally electrocuted after I left) local news pointed out how park director found different employment after that lawsuit. What’s telling about your increasingly rude personal attacks against me here, is that you aren’t even trying to refute my main point, which is that, setting aside the ride itself, the safety net design was shoddy and dangerous. Schlitterbahn was fined $96,000 as the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) into a lifeguard’s death and the serious injury of a maintenance supervisor at the company’s park in South Padre Island, Texas About the South Padre Island Schlitterbahn Accident It isn’t me you need to convince here. We report on vital issues from politics to education and are the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering everything from music to cultural events with insightful recommendations. Who are the architects and engineers who were consulted? I am not sure I understand your thought process from those comments but it comes off as if the tragedy should be ignored and let “bygones be bygones”….

Waiting for Caleb at the bottom of Verrückt was one of his brothers, along with numerous spectators. I would riot in the streets and burn down buildings!! “I’m not quite sure yet,” he replied. In five other incidents, riders claimed their rafts went airborne over the crest of the second hill and that they suffered head, neck, and back injuries when their rafts slammed back down onto the chute. He drove an old truck. Bearded and scruffy, he almost always wore a dirty, creased ball cap, an old fishing shirt, shorts, and muddy boots. The park is beast we created working 2001 it came clear how much of the endearing aspects of the town my paternal grandparents thought would be happily ever after their Latvian Diaspora journey dominated the park.

“I want to be the first at the bar to buy a drink, and I want to be the first to meet a pretty girl, and I want to be the first at everything. They should have had that thing reviewed by third-party engineers constantly. The Henrys moved into a small house on the property, which they renamed the Landa Resort. “What might happen if the net ever needs to keep people from flying off the track” is a question that was never asked. That's what. As they watched one raft crest the hill, Jeff turned to Schooley and said, “Man, are they hitting that net up there? Really the blame should go to whoever was supervising that ride at the time. Climate change? They had an assessment by independent engineers and still didnt listen.

Otherwise, the raft would have landed back down in the flume. You speak from your ass.

He said that if he was demanding and impatient, it was because he was consumed with making Schlitterbahn the best water park in the world. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. Somewhere, the ghost of Kelly Ogle is shaking his head in sorrow. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. I have worked Schlitterbahn New Braunfels and Sea World. Plus, Jeff always surrounded himself with other knowledgeable people who were able to do the numbers work that he wasn’t inclined to do.”. that’s what negligence is. Then it got too big, too crowded, too expensive and we stopped going. The Henrys made no public comment. A detective interviewed 29-year-old Tyler Miles, who had been working at the park since 2013 and had advanced from construction worker to lifeguard to director of operations, responsible for all aspects of the park’s day-to-day ride operations.

If he truly thinks that, he is in absolute denial.