Iowa amusement park permanently closes ride boy died on

An Altoona, Iowa, amusement park has decided to permanently close a ride that an 11-year-old boy died on in 2021. Michael Jaramillo drowned on the Raging River ride at the Adventureland Resort when the raft carrying his family flipped over, according to the Associated Press.

Other family members were also injured and Michael’s parents sued the amusement park as well as the manufacturer behind the raft ride in 2022, according to court documents obtained by CBS News. The lawsuit is ongoing.

In a letter posted on the park’s website, General Manager Bill Lentz announced the ride would close.

“We implemented changes in our operations throughout the resort, always with an emphasis on safety as the most important element,” Lentz wrote. “On that note, I want to share that we have decided to permanently close the Raging River attraction. The decision comes after months of examination of the ride, working closely with its manufacturer to identify what enhancements each would need to meet our operating standards.”

The “beloved log ride,” will be succeeded by “a next-generation super flume ride” called the Draken Falls, Lentz said.

In the Jaramillos’ lawsuit, the family claims the park continued to operate on the day of the accident and that the park had failed properly maintain and repair rides, including the Raging River, for years, according to the AP.

At the time, Adventureland Park officials said in a statement to CBS News that the ride was closed during the investigation. “Adventureland is saddened to learn of the passing of one Guest involved in the Raging River accident on the evening of 7/3/21,” officials said in the statement.

When the incident happened, the ride had just reopened to the public for the first time since 2020 and underwent a full inspection first, park officials said,

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Popular Ride at Adventureland Is Now Closed For Good

Officials with Adventureland theme park tried their best to find ways to keep a popular ride safely operating. But in the end, the safest decision was to just shut it down for good.

KCCI reports letter

The Raging River ride has had a checkered past but really came under intense scrutiny after an accident during the summer of 2021. In July of that year, KCCI reports that Michael Jaramillo died while riding the attraction with his family. A raft capsized, trapping the family underneath the water. Michael’s brother and father were also injured. KCCI reports that the Jaramillo family has a lawsuit against the previous owners of Adventureland, seeking nearly $100 million in damages. The lawsuit contends that the Iowa Division of Labor should have found 17 safety violations on the Raging River prior to the deadly accident.

My family took many rides on the Raging River during our family trips to Adventureland. But after the accident in 2021 that claimed the life of Michael Jaramillo, we never rode it again. I’m guessing other park patrons felt the same way. Adventureland is making the right move here. Get rid of something inherently dangerous, and focus on the rides of the future.

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The Lions and Dogs of Brucemore Mansion

Howard Hall and his wife Margaret moved into Cedar Rapids’ Brucemore mansion in 1937. Over the course of 14 years, they owned three lions, all named Leo. Below are photos of those lions, and the family’s German Shepherds.

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A Silver Dollar City employee has died following incident at the park

Officials at the popular Silver Dollar City in Missouri have confirmed an employee has passed away at the park near Branson, Missouri after an incident.

On Wednesday, Silver Dollar City confirmed that one of their employees had died whilst working at the park after obtaining an injury. On Thursday, they made the following statement to silver-dollar-city-employee-injured-during-incident-wednesday/”KY3:

‘It is with great sorrow that we share the loss of a Silver Dollar City employee following an incident that occurred while working late yesterday afternoon. He was a dedicated and passionate member of our Silver Dollar City family, having worked in maintenance and construction since 2017.’

‘Our prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. Out of respect for their privacy, we are unable to provide any further information.’

The park was able to confirm that no guests were injured in the incident, but is yet to release any more details of the incident. According to Kansas City Star, it is understood that the employee worked in the park’s maintenance and construction department for about five years. An inquiry is being carried out by the Occupational Health and Safety Association.

It was also confirmed on Thursday that the park would be open as usual, despite the investigation.

Press release from Silver Dollar City

Other theme park fatalities in the US

Unfortunately, the incident at Silver Dollar City means that three people have lost their lives at American theme parks in the last year alone.

Tyre Sampson, only 14 years old, lost his life after falling from the Orlando Freefall. Necessary requirement checks were not carried out and the weight exceeded the limit massively. Since the tragic incident, the family have filed a negligence lawsuit against the park. Countless protests have also happened

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