On Thursday night, a 14-year-old boy died after he fell from the top of a new drop tower ride at ICON Park, located in the heart of Orlando’s tourism district.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the victim who was not identified boarded the Orlando FreeFall attraction, billed as the world’s tallest free-standing drop tower, when he suffered the fatal fall around 11:12 in the evening.
The victim was immediately brought to the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, but the attending physicians declared him a short time later.
A deeper investigation of the incident is now underway.
John Stine, sales director with the Slingshot Group of Companies, which owns the Orlando Free Fall, expressed grief and sorrow on the shocking incident.
“We are devastated that this happened, and our hearts go out to the family,” Stine said.
According to reports, the “Orlando Free-Fall” opened in December 2021.
The amusement ride stands about 430 feet tall and can hold up to 30 people.
Strapped in and facing out and downward, the riders are transported to the top of the attraction before it falls back to the bottom at 75 mph.