As a parent, anytime your child does anything remotely dangerous, your heart skips a beat. You don't want to hold them back from doing the things that they love or pass your anxieties and fears onto them so you let your child try new things while encouraging them to be as safe as possible and hope that everything turns out well. For the most part it does, but on rare occasions, it does not. For a Florida family, this was the case back in early September after tragedy was evaded during an innocent zip-lining outing almost became fatal.
At the Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park in Lakeland, Florida, an indoor zip-lining facility, 10-year-old, Elijah fell from the "Sky Rider" zip line at the park. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services investigated the accident by interviewing Elijah, park employees and reviewing video footage that captured the entire accident.
They were able to conclude that Elijah was not strapped into his harness properly which caused him to fall about 15 feet while he was riding the zip line. Investigators are quoted as saying "The leg straps can be seen not buckled," according to the investigators. "After dispatch, the patron is seen riding the Sky Rider, holding his body weight with his arms. When arriving at the first dip, the patron loses his grip and falls to the floor."
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It was recently announced that Urban Air would incur a $2,500 fine for their negligence" which is the maximum fine per violation that we can assess to a company under our current law," agency spokeswoman Karol Molinares told NBC News on Tuesday. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is citing the cause of the accident to be "operator error."
While Elijah is reported as being safe, he did suffer serious injuries after falling and crashing into the ground. The family filed a lawsuit against Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park on Monday, November 4th just before the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced their findings.
Urban Air has since issued a statement saying that they are fully committed to the safety of their guests and employees. They went on to say "We are thankful to hear that the child is back in school and we will continue to keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers through his full recovery.”