Intamin AquaTrax Rider Death

Monday, March 6, 2006 6:40 PM
Intamin strikes again!

Here's a link to the article.

A South Korean man was killed on today when he fell from the Atlantis Adventure water splash ride at Lotte World.

Monday, March 6, 2006 6:53 PM
They said he was an off-duty employee. I wonder if he got one of his ride op friends to "give him some room" between him and the lapbar.

Given their track record over the past 6-7 years, Intamin was overdue for another one weren't they? Will this make 5 or 6 ejections in that amount of time?

Will this be the last one before they start retrofitting their original T-bar lapbar restraints with Dragster bucket seats and a bent bar?

Monday, March 6, 2006 7:00 PM
Bah! Nothing more than another 'acceptable loss' from Intamin. No sweat, right Sandor?
Monday, March 6, 2006 7:05 PM
Atlantis has some kind of new seating arrangement not found on any of the other rides. RCDB describes it as "a saddle-like seat as seen on jet skis".

I can't make out much from pictures of it I have seen.

Monday, March 6, 2006 7:29 PM
Though hard to see, this might give you a bit of an idea Richie:

Monday, March 6, 2006 8:52 PM
Man, Intamin has "killed" more people than all the other ride makers combined.

But, that is one of the coolest looking coasters.

If CP put a heavily themed one of those in for 07, I'd be THRILLED! (Especially if it had dark ride elements that were maintained!)

Monday, March 6, 2006 8:55 PM
I will go so far as saying I would love to see one at CP even if it didn't have the theming. This is one of the coasters that I know I'll never get to ride, but it sure does look like one heck of a ride. Let's hope the death doesn't detract from other parks deciding that a similar ride would be a worthwhile investment.
Tuesday, March 7, 2006 12:29 AM
The death *should* detract from other parks deciding to hold off on this attraction--given the track record of the company, parks should wait and make sure that the ride was not the problem before they go and buy one, as otherwise they might get stuck in a jam when Intamin if forced to redesign the vehicles.
Tuesday, March 7, 2006 5:30 PM
It looks like Intamin is off the hook for this one.

Today's Korea Times has the full story.

The rider was found to not have been wearing his seatbelt or safety bar. If that isn't enough stupidity, it appears he was intoxicated at the time of his death.

Tuesday, March 7, 2006 8:34 PM
/\ Hope that's all true. I would hate to see a concept with this much promise derailed.

Has anyone ever seen a ride through video of this ride? I've only seen the concept before it was built.

Tuesday, March 7, 2006 9:27 PM
It's a tragedy either way.
Wednesday, March 8, 2006 12:25 AM
...or a nomination into the Darwin Awards...
Wednesday, March 8, 2006 8:44 AM
Uncle Charlie strikes again!

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