The Orange County Register is reporting that the manufacturer of Perilous Plunge said the woman who died recently on the attraction was too big for the seat belt to close properly. "If a person is too big, (the restraint system) cannot close properly," said Sandor Kernacs, president of ride manufacturer Intamin AG.
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Anyway, my only question is, if she pulled down the restraint, and it locked, and fastened the belt and it too was latched, how in the hell was she to know that the restraint was not "close (sic) properly". In the absence of any further evidence, this doesnt look good for Intamin and Cedar Fair.
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This has been my point all along (besides arguing the case for us fatties). ;) While the woman's weight was an issue (presumably unbeknownst to her), it does not change the fact that one would assume to be safe if both restraints were closed.
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besides that, some one help ...
Dave, Wahoo Skipper or some one else who is intelligent help me understand something...how did this happen with the restraints found in the "locked" posistion? If she was TOO big..and the restraints did not lock properly, does that mean she was going through the ride with the restraints in an unlocked posisiton? wouldnt there be a warning some how for the ride ops to know a restriant was not secured?
My experience, when I did ride, was that the restraint "clicked", engaging the lock, and that untill that happened the car never left the station...
some one please explain this to me - I really do not understand how the restraints were in a locked position at the return of the ride ..if they were not locked and secured at departure.. *** This post was edited by BB on 10/23/2001. ***
I believe S&S towers have sensor a which says if the restraint is down enough on the person. If it is not down enough it will not dispatch regardless of the fact they too have infinite positions.
edit 4 minutes to late!
Save Cheese on a stick! *** This post was edited by Joe E. on 10/23/2001. ***
Anyone else know anything about this??
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I'm still having difficulty figuring out how she would be tossed from the boat. Gravity applies the same acceleration to the boat and to everything in it. Did she have no legs at all?
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Pretend her body looked like an hour glass...but cut in half so that there was a round top and skinny middle..but no bottom. Now, when she boarded the boat let's assume that they got the bar locked by pushing down through the rounded belly area. It is conceivable that should would have little legs.
Now, when the boat crests the hill...and she was sitting in the back? The front of the boat noses down lifting the back of the boat. Her weight starts moving up towards her head. The momentum of her weight keeps moving up as the boat falls away, lifting her out of her seat (air time) but she keeps on going.
There is no science to this. I am just getting a picture in my head of all of these things occurring simultaneously..at the worst possible moment.
My understanding is that she was sitting in the front, as she turned around to talk to riders behind her...
I think the ride ops goofed by not checking her lap belt..which is one of my general therories on accidents that are not rider responsibility; human error...
but what still puzzles me is how she came out of the ride, being so heavy, you think she would have got caught up on the lap restraint, and a super thin person would have an easier time slipping through and catching that "air" time...
I am still really puzzled how this occured. It is really sad no matter how it washes out.
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