seaworld23 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:


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