Subject: Orca, Sea World and trespassing

mike williamson (williams@www1.wheelock.edu)
Tue, 21 Sep 1999 17:16:02 -0400 (EDT)

Subject: PARENTS SUE AFTER MAN FOUND DEAD IN SEAWORLD TANK


PARENTS SUE AFTER MAN FOUND DEAD IN SEAWORLD TANK
West Palm Beach, Florida, Sept 19 AP - The parents of a man who
was found dead in a killer whale's pool at SeaWorld are suing the
theme park.

Daniel Dukes' naked body was found July 6, scratched, bruised and
draped over the five tonne Tilikum, the largest killer whale in
captivity.

The 27-year-old apparently made his way past security at
SeaWorld, remaining in the park after it had closed. Wearing only
his underwear, Dukes either jumped, fell or was pulled into
Tilikum's huge tank.

A medical examiner concluded Dukes suffered hypothermia and
drowned.

His parents, Patricia and Michael Dukes of Columbia, South
Carolina, sued the theme park on Sept 10, seeking ``several million
dollars'' in damages.

The suit contends that SeaWorld offers no public warning that
Tilikum could kill people who enter the water. It also alleges that
puncture wounds on Dukes' leg and foot are consistent with him
having been pulled into the pool by Tilikum.

Vic Abbey, SeaWorld's executive vice president and general
manager, called the suit ``as crazy as they come''.
``Not only was that incredibly bad judgment to try to take a dip
with a killer whale but remember, this water is 50 degF, ice-cold
water,'' he said.
He also said Dukes was trespassing.
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