Lawsuit: Sea World tragedy traumatized boy
A New Hampshire family who witnessed a whale kill a trainer at SeaWorld is suing the Orlando theme park.
Suzanne and Todd Connell filed the lawsuit Tuesday. It claims their 10-year-old son suffered emotional distress from witnessing Dawn Brancheau’s death and seeks an unspecified amount of damages.
It came a day after the federal job safety agency fined SeaWorld Orlando $75,000 for three violations uncovered during an investigation into her death.
A killer whale named Tilikium in February grabbed Brancheau’s long hair as she lay on a cement slab and dragged her into the pool. The cause of death was drowning and traumatic injuries.
SeaWorld spokesman Fred Jacobs said in an e-mail that he couldn’t comment on a pending lawsuit.
Listen to WBZ’s Karen Twomey’s report on the lawsuit: