August 5, 2020 — At least 115 people were injured on a water slide at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay, according to a lawsuit from a man who was paralyzed from the neck down and nearly drowned.
The lawsuit involves the Punga Racers water slide, which opened in 2017 at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay. Riders lay on a mat and go head-first down the slide until they hit a shallow pool at the end.
In 2 years, at least 115 people have suffered scrapes, nose bleeds, chipped teeth, a concussion, whiplash, neck injuries, back injuries, and paralysis. Two ride safety testers who were also injured, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Last year, a lawsuit was filed by a tourist from New York was paralyzed on Punga Racers in July 2019. At the bottom of the slide, he said he hit a wall of water that slammed the mat into his head.
The accident caused his “neck to violently snap back, leaving him face down in the water and unable to move.” He was paralyzed from the neck down, and said he nearly drowned face-down in the pool.
The lawsuit also claims that, “If not for the heroic actions of his middle daughter and his wife, Mr. Bowen would have drowned.”
Even so, since the ride opened in 2017, his injury was the only one that Universal Orlando reported to the state of Florida — and it was only described as “numbness,” and not paralysis from the neck down.
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