A man lost his fingertips on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" Ride at Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Florida. The park visitor from the United Kingdom lost two of his fingertips on his right hand, according to CBS News on July 12.
The man’s ring finger and pinky finger tips were severed, said Bo Jones of the Reedy Creek Fire Department. The unexplained accident is under investigation today. The ride was inspected and found to be safe before it reopened.
According to the Wichita Eagle in an update, the man was hospitalized for his injuries. The accident occurred when the man was holding on to the outside of the boat during the ride. It is not clear what hit the man’s hand to cause two finger tips to be severed off.
At the start of each ride, a verbal warning is given out to the passengers to keep their hands and feet inside the boat. Along with the verbal warning, signs are posted along the ride’s route with the same warning.
Disney and other theme parks voluntarily report “significant injuries” which are suffered on their grounds. An injury is considered “significant” if the person requires an immediate hospital stay for more than 24 hours and for more than just observation.
The man was transported to an area hospital, but there is no word on his condition today. With 17 million people coming through the Magic Kingdom each year, accidents are bound to happen. According to the Inquisitr today, several of the accidents at the Disney Park in Florida have ended in deaths.
Back in 1977 a boy from Dolton, Illinois drowned at the Cinderella Castle in the moat surrounding the attraction. That drowning resulted in a lawsuit that was seeking $4 million in damages from the boy’s family and it settled for $1.5 million.
In 2004 Pluto was run over by a parade float, killing the person inside the costume who was walking along the parade route with the other Disney Characters. Then in 2005 the Pirates of the Caribbean ride proved too much for a 77-year-old woman who was rendered unconscious during the ride and died.
A freak accident with the Pirates of Caribbean Ride took the life of the man playing the lead character, Captain Jack. After slipping in a puddle on the floor, 47-year-old Mark Priest hit his head on a wall and was rushed to a local hospital. He died a few days later with broken vertebra in his neck and head trauma.
In the most recent report from Disney, they had five injuries in the last quarter of 2013. Three of the injuries occurred at the Magic Kingdom. A 75-year-old woman fell and broke her wrist while exiting the Mad Tea Party. Then after riding Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin a 48-year-old man felt ill. Another man became ill before getting on the ride, The Haunted Mansion. He was 35 years old with a pre-existing condition and he complained of heart pain.
Disney also said a 29-year-old woman suffered disorientation and slurred speech and complained of feeling ill after riding Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. A broken toe injury for a 68-year-old man was reported on the outer wall of Castaway Creek in the Typhoon Lagoon water park.
The last hospitalization of a park visitor was in 2012. A 71-year-old woman complained of chest pain, dizziness and numbness in her mouth. She was put in the hospital with these symptoms. You have to admit with 17 million visitors each year, the safety record is fairly extraordinary in the scope of things.