Family Sues Indoor Zip Line Operator After Son’s Fall


A 10-year-old boy sustained serious injuries when he fell approximately 15 feet from a curved rail zip-line ride at Urban Air Adventure Park in Lakeland, Fla., on Sept. 1. According to investigators, the leg straps of the boy’s harness were not buckled, resulting in the fall. His injuries required hospitalization, but he has been released from the hospital and was able to return to school. His family filed a lawsuit against Urban Air on Nov. 4.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Urban Air will be fined $2,500, the maximum fine per violation the agency can assess to a company under the current law, according to an agency spokesperson.

Urban Air released the following statement:

“Urban Air is fully committed to the uncompromising safety and well-being of our guests and employees. As a family owned and operated company, safety is at the heart of everything we do. We take matters of this nature very seriously and can assure that appropriate measures have been taken. All staff members have been retrained on all attractions, and the employees in question are no longer with us. 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.”


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Dave Meeker is the senior editor for Adventure Park Insider. He has a background in marketing, public relations, and writing in the mountain resort industry. Before joining the team at API, Dave was the marketing director for Mount Snow in Vermont. What better way to try and conquer a slight fear of heights than to work at a magazine that covers adventure parks? He couldn't think of one.

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