Oakwood's Hydro re-opens with modifications, assured safe by owner

Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2005 4:03 PM | Contributed by supermandl

Oakwood has reopened Hydro, its Intamin giant flume ride, with new restraints that the owner describes as "fool proof." The ride has been closed since April of last year when 16-year-old Hayley Williams came out of the boat and fell to her death. To date, no explanation has been offered as to how she fell out of the boat.

Read more from The BBC.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 4:47 PM
rollergator's avatar This is THE intamin incident for which we've never really gotten a CLEAR explanation. It's my GUESS that the girl somehow got her legs *alongside* of her on the seat so that the lap bar afforded NO protection...kinda reminiscent of the little girl who died late last year on a Scrambler in the NY/NJ area? Just my thoughts, really wish that the investigators had put something out that clearly delineated the failure(s) that led to this death, esp. since all of the other Intamin deaths have been explained and safety systems altered.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 5:13 PM
"Reopened death ride 'is safe'"

Wow, I love the media. It has been upgraded from 'thrill ride' to 'death ride' I suppose.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 8:19 PM
Jeff's avatar I don't think that's entirely unfair, as someone did die on it.

Given the photos that people have linked to in past discussions, if she was sitting at the end of the row I can see how she got out. Whether that was her intention or it was accidental we'll probably never know.

I guess this one seems the most real to me because of her age. I coach girls her age and every day I see the amazing potential of the kids. To see one of them cheated out of their fair shot at life is very sad to me. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

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Thursday, March 24, 2005 10:55 AM
Mamoosh's avatar FYI, I've heard word that Knott's Perilous Plunge will also receive new or revamped boats with the same restraints. No official word yet from the park, however.
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Friday, March 25, 2005 7:51 PM
I don't think so...
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Saturday, March 26, 2005 9:41 AM
Having not ridden the Plunge or any of these Intamin "death rides" I'm not familar with the deceleration experienced when hitting the water. Is it signifigant enough that, with OTSRs, it may be uncomfortable for riders or cause neck strain?
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