Boy found dead in water in Rye Playland boat/dark ride

Posted Thursday, August 4, 2005 12:20 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A 7-year-old Connecticut boy was found dead in the water of a boat ride at the Playland amusement park in Westchester on Wednesday after he didn't emerge from a tunnel, authorities said. He was found underneath the conveyor belt that runs Ye Old Mill, a boat-in-the-dark amusement beneath the Dragon Coaster on the midway.

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Thursday, August 4, 2005 12:31 AM
I'm not sure how to enforce it...but a 7-year old probably should not be on this ride alone...?
Thursday, August 4, 2005 2:04 AM
john peck's avatar Whats up with kids at that park doing what they are not supposed to?

An even better quesion: Where are the PARENTS??????????

Thursday, August 4, 2005 2:39 AM
When I take a kid to a park, I always have at least one eye on them at all times. They get the safety speach from me as many times as it takes.
Thursday, August 4, 2005 8:15 AM
Is it just me or do there seem to be a lot of deaths this summer?
Thursday, August 4, 2005 9:00 AM
Jeff's avatar It's just you. Happens every year.
Thursday, August 4, 2005 9:01 AM
CPLady's avatar I get nervous when letting even smaller kids get onto kiddie rides where adults cannot ride with them. Stand and watch sometime and you'll see how many of them try to wriggle out of retraints (if there are any). I saw one little boy at Cedar Point climb out of the front seat of a car ride into the back while the ride was moving and nearly had a heart attack myself.

Only parents can really gauge whether their child is capable of following rules when riding an attraction. Most 7 year olds are more than capable of understanding they must stay seated. But I've seen 10 year olds who won't stay seated.

Such a tragedy.

Thursday, August 4, 2005 9:23 AM
that's the second death of a seven year old at playland in the last year i believe...
Thursday, August 4, 2005 9:31 AM
BlangJr, the other fatality occurred on May 23, 2004...and that too was deemed to have been caused by rider misconduct.
Thursday, August 4, 2005 11:59 AM
yeah the other death was of a little girl on a scrambler who i believe stood up or kneeled so she was too high in the seat and got flung out to her death. However sad it is to hear of children dying on rides, this year hasn't had any more deaths than last year i'm sure, you just hear about them more when they're posted on the news boards on ride news website (which i believe this is, although i could be wrong)
Thursday, August 4, 2005 12:01 PM
Does anyone else find that image on the link page to be in bad taste?

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That just doesn't look good, even if it is the station call letters.

Thursday, August 4, 2005 4:58 PM
I always ride it with my kids not for their saftey but because it's one of the best rides in the park. If he stood up it would be very easy to fall out because the boat really rocks alot like a cannoe. They should not let single children ride it IMO without an adult. Such a tradegy when a child dies.
Thursday, August 4, 2005 6:59 PM
This death as in the case of the girl on the Mind Scrambler was PREVENTABLE. This is a very tragic story highligting awful parenting decisons. Most of us have gritted our teeth and dealt with having to go on kiddie rides from time to time. We do it because we want our kids to share in our love of the parks and we want to create photographic family memories in the process. Many of us have seen adults argue with ride ops to allow kids to ride when they "just miss" the height cut off or if the measurement bar comes up to the hair, but not the head. It makes me sick.

Children's RideSaftey is clearly an issue where enthusiasts are better customers than a vocal minority of the general public.*** This post was edited by Richie Reflux 8/4/2005 8:08:48 PM ***

Thursday, August 4, 2005 11:40 PM
So I take it the ride will be down this weekend for my first visit. I guess somthing to look forward to next time.
Monday, August 8, 2005 2:23 PM
rollergator's avatar Not so sure about that c-punk, since it is SO clearly a rider-error situation...

I *am* hoping that Derby Racer is back up and running for your visit, it was down when I was there last week (7/31)...I suspect it might have had something to do with the horses not "jumping" appropriately...

As bad as it is for the parks, the families lose even more....parenting is too hard a job for me, so I can't judge, but kids NEED supervision...


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