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Man loses fingertips on Pirates of Caribbean ride at Disneyland but how?

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A man lost his fingertips at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland and investigators still are not certain exactly how his fingers were severed, the Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday.

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A Disney spokesperson, Andrea Finger, said the ride was briefly closed Thursday after the accident but has since been reopened.

An audible safety message sounds each time the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is launched but it is not yet clear if the message is prerecorded or if a Disneyland employee is responsible for warning riders.

The spokesperson said that guests are warned to keep their hands and feet inside the ride.

Posted signs say, "For your safety remain seated with hand, arms, feet and legs inside vehicle. Supervise children."

As a matter of policy Disneyland and other area theme parks voluntarily report "significant injuries" suffered on their rides to comply with an agreement with the state that exempts them from public ride-safety regulation.

For an incident to be classified as a significant injury, a patron’s injury must require an immediate hospital stay of more than 24 hours.

CBS News reported:

"Officials say a tourist from the United Kingdom lost two fingertips on his right hand while riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida.

"Bo Jones of the Reedy Creek Fire Department told Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG the man lost the tips of his ring and pinky fingers and was taken to a hospital. His name was not released and his condition wasn't available."

Previous injuries

The Sentinel notes that Disney reported five guest injuries in the last three months last year.

Of those five, three injuries happened in Disneyland: A 75-year-old woman fell and broke her wrist when she was getting out of the Mad Tea Party Ride. A 48-year-old man who felt sick after riding Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. And a 35-year-old man with felt heart pain before and after riding The Haunted Mansion but the man reportedly had a preexisting health condition.

At the Disney Animal Kingdom, a 29-year-old woman felt sick and disoriented with slurred speech after riding Expedition Everest. And a 68-year-old man broke one of his toes on a wall at Castaway Creek at the Typhoon Lagoon water park.

There was a previous accident at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. That was in late 2012 when a 71-year-old woman reported dizziness, chest pain and numbness about her mouth.

Disney officials say they still don’t know why the man apparently had his hands outside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride during this latest accident.

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