A colleague of the Florida amusement park worker who fell to his death during a safety check of a 450-foot ride called 911 after the deadly fall, telling dispatchers “there’s quite a lot of blood down there,” authorities said.
The worker who was also climbing the mammoth StarFlyer attraction at ICON Park in Orlando – billed as the world’s tallest swing ride – called 911 early Monday after Jacob David Kaminsky, 21, plummeted up to 60 feet during a daily inspection, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
“He fell a little ways,” the worker told a dispatcher. “There’s quite a lot of blood down there … He’s not moving right now. He was moving a minute ago.”
The worker, who was roughly 10 feet above Kaminsky when he fell, said he was still “halfway up the tower” when he called for help, according to the report.
The unidentified colleague also told coworkers on the ground to start getting help for Kaminsky, the call shows.
“Someone needs to go help him,” the worker said. “ASAP. Immediately. Big fall.”
A crew from Orange County Fire Rescue responded to the ride after a caller said a man had fallen “50-60” feet off the attraction, department officials tweeted Monday.
Kaminsky, who was put on a stretcher, was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Reps from the ride said he had “catastrophic injuries” after the fall as he inspected the interior of the attraction, the Sentinel reported Monday.
A rescue climber also helped one worker down to safety, Orange County officials said.
The ride, which opened two years ago, was still closed Tuesday and it’s unclear when it will be back in action. The accident remains under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Sentinel reports.
Kaminsky was a “roller coaster enthusiast” who built complex rides out of toys as a child before later landing a job constructing them, according to an online fundraiser set up to help offset funeral costs.
“This family would never ask for help but they will clearly need it,” a friend of Kaminsky’s family wrote. “They need to travel to Orlando and arrange to bring Jake to his home in the Chicago area and make arrangements for his funeral and his burial.”
One of Kaminsky’s former employers, meanwhile, remembered him as a diligent and determined young man who worked in an industry he loved.
“He was one of very few coaster enthusiasts that has ever visited our booth with the intention of landing a job in the field installing our coasters,” Rocky Mountain Construction wrote on Facebook. “Jake was an exceptional young man, loved roller coasters and took pride in his work.”
New York Post
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