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  • Live Ryder August 4, 2010 at 3:51 am

    Having the net ready is the single most important thing to do when running this ride. The parents of the girl should sue for the biggest setlement in world history because of the extreme stupidity then sue for the medical bills.

  • Tina August 4, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Live Ryder, I was there with my family and witnessed this horrible event. What happened was this: the ground crew that control the lifting cage stopped when the net began to rise because they thought the inflatables needed more air. They actually had to lower it a few feet so they could reach it. There do not use walkie talkies and only communicate with hand gestures. It is obvious that the operator at the top thought that when the cage stopped, they were at 140 feet. He was supposed to get a hand gesture from the crew on the bottom before releasing for the drop. He obviously did not. I watched the ground crew filling up the tubes and then "boom". Your comments are the the most intelligent I have read thus far regarding the liability of this incident. I agree, there are many facets to this tragedy who are ultimately responsible -not just one man. How about a big inflatable under the net "just in case" or a bright red mark painted on the frame so they know they're at 140 or the use of technology, such as, walkie talkies. If the operator can't see well enough at such high distances to distinguish between 100 & 140 feet or the safety net being up high enough versus being on the ground….then how can they rely on a few hand gestures to communicate? Unimaginable. I was really glad to read your comments. I now know that at least someone is seeing the bigger picture here.

  • nina August 5, 2010 at 4:54 am

    I cannot believe there was no safety net. I always assumed that this was a basic requirement of these rides and hence why I go on them – with children. I will definitely enquire about this the next time I think about going on a ride

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