Posted Friday, August 5, 2005 11:53 PM | Contributed by Outlane
A 12-year-old girl was in the wave pool at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon when lifeguards noticed her lying on a ledge, out of the water. After indicating she was fine, she got up and collapsed. An autopsy has so far indicated that the cause of death was not from any kind of physical injury.
Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.
Saturday, August 6, 2005 1:21 AM
How many people die at community pools each year and the story doesn't even make the local press? Just because it happened to occur at Disney all of a sudden it's a huge story. *YAWN*
Now note, my condolences go out to her family but this isn't a story worthy of national news coverage.
Saturday, August 6, 2005 3:40 AM
I've seen someone die from a heart attack at a Six Flags park, that didn't make ANY news. This type of stuff happens a lot at just about all public places, but this happened at Disney. It's too bad, but I think the media is just giving them extra attention.
I still feel bad for the family and am sorry they have to deal with this at the time they did.
Saturday, August 6, 2005 11:17 AM
Actually, each time a child dies around here in a pool(community or backyard) or someone drowns in Erie it does make the paper, evening news and usually a few follow up stories.
Can I ask why it bothers you and others here that this story and others like it make cnn.com or other media websites? Is that not what the press does? It comes off as you're a bunch of angry PR reps for your local park who would rather this event get buried as to not dent the bottom line.
Saturday, August 6, 2005 1:43 PM
Well, it's like you said, the local stuff makes the evening news, but not national headlines. The only reason it does here is because it's Disney, and everyone knows Disney. I'll be honest in that Disney's general familiarity makes it more relevant to a national audience, but some of the articles do border on conspiracy theories that Disney is doing something wrong.
Saturday, August 6, 2005 3:07 PM
But Radius, I'd have the same opinion if I had heard about a possible pool related death from your town.
Besides, she didn't drown. Something happened to he while she was out of the water. The coroner said she didn't suffer any trauma or drown and has to do a more detailed autopsy to try and figure out how she died.
Saturday, August 6, 2005 4:30 PM
I see what you are saying, I was just courious. Thanks...
Saturday, August 6, 2005 10:18 PM
I was thinking too....the average number of people on WDW property on any given day can be well over 100k, right? How many people die per year in a city of 100k. A hell of a lot more than a small handful! I think it's amazing that more people don't die just do to the reality of having so many people in one area!