TAMPA — A federal labor agency says Tampa's Adventure Island failed to follow proper procedures as a thunderstorm approached, resulting in the death of a lifeguard.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the water park in the death of Justin Savers Inversso, 21, who was struck by lightning while evacuating guests from the Key West Rapids ride last September.
According to the report, employees were not immediately notified about severe weather after the weather monitoring systems detected lightning strikes within 5 miles of the park.
Inversso was at the top of the ride, about 700 feet above the ground, when the storm approached. Co-workers began CPR, but he died at a hospital.
The park is being fined $7,000.
"SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment did file an appeal with OSHA earlier this year contesting the citation," park officials said in a statement. "Our deepest sympathies remain with the family and friends of our team member, and we decline to comment further on this process."