Man loses prosthetic leg on Dueling Dragons

Posted Thursday, August 14, 2003 4:52 AM | Contributed by Strijder

Hawley Webb of New Port Ritchie was riding Dueling Dragons at Universal's Islands of Adventure when his prosthetic leg somehow slipped off. The park believes the leg fell in a pond underneath the ride but divers have not been able to locate. The park said that it will replace the leg if the original cannot be found.

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 8:59 PM
This gives new meaning to "Kick the Sky"

Wouldn't it hurt if the leg hit the other train on a fly-by? Ouch. I feel for the guy though. I know someone with a "fake leg", as he calls it, and it's hard to think how it would come off. Alot of the time they are held on quite tight.

Fear the Wrath of the Orient Express!!

Congo Falls - 90 (one day)

Friday, August 15, 2003 11:26 AM
Guess IOA is halfway there on charging an arm and leg to get in. 8^)
Saturday, August 16, 2003 5:35 AM
I was on it when I saw something that looked like a leg fly off. I think it was either on Ice's zero-g or loop. Pretty scary. Everybody started talking about it, too. They even closed the ride at 7:00 to start searching for it.

EDIT- Grammer

Questions, Comments, Complaints?

*** This post was edited by coasterwiz 8/16/2003 9:36:57 AM ***

Saturday, August 16, 2003 11:45 AM
Why am I reminded of Monty Python and the holy grail with this story?

If given the choice I'd choose a hamburger over a hotdog anyday of the week.

Saturday, August 16, 2003 5:40 PM
You know, I was driving across the "blacked out" Ontario when I heard about this on the radio. My question is, why was he allowed to ride in the first place. Also, it's not really funny, but at the time when it was being reported on it sounded really funny due to how "non-news-worthy" it was compared to the black-out that was airing at the same time.

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Saturday, August 16, 2003 7:18 PM
Im sorry, but im laughing at this artical. I know it may be rude, but what is he doing riding an inverted coaster with a fake leg???
Saturday, August 16, 2003 8:59 PM
jrhodes, why not? Almost all coasters (besides standups) are listed in special access passes as a green light for those with at least one functioning arm and one functioning leg. Why limit someone when you wouldn't have to.

I think the more appropriate question would be, why didn't he remove the leg before riding? Like I said before, we had quite a few riders with prosthetic legs come through the line, a few regular season pass holders.

Sunday, August 17, 2003 3:16 PM
But you know the risk of it falling out. Nothings wrong with riding other coasters except inverts.
Sunday, August 17, 2003 9:32 PM
Oh this is great, just great. It is ok not to have reasonable
length seat belts in ride trains but it is ok to have people
with a prosthetic limbs that may become unfastened and smack
you in the head ride these rough attractions. Those prosthetic limbs
are hard plastic. You get whacked with one of them you will
see stars that might not otherwise be part of a planned effect
of the attraction.

I hope the operations personnel at cedar point is not reading
this thread, they will end up re editing their 32 page 2003
Rider Safety guide.
Monday, August 18, 2003 5:08 AM
Jeff's avatar Have you guys gone completely mad? Have you even seen Dueling Dragons? Most of the ride can't even be seen from the midway. No one is going to get hit by anything.

Stop overreacting. Shall we ban people with prosthetics and instead make them sit on the midway so we can call feel sorry for them?

Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - -
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