A stunt performer at Universal Studios Hollywood was hospitalized Monday after an incident during the theme park’s “Waterworld” show, authorities said.
Paramedics were called to the USH attraction at 2:09 p.m. Monday for a cardiac arrest emergency, said Henry Narvaez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
When paramedics arrived, others were already performing CPR on the performer. EMTs then transported him to a nearby hospital, Narvaez said.
“We can confirm that a performer with one of our long-standing show sellers was taken to hospital following a stunt during a performance yesterday afternoon, and our thoughts are with him as he receives care,” he a Universal Studios Hollywood spokesman said Tuesday, declining. . to give details about how the incident unfolded or about the man’s condition. “Details regarding the event are being reviewed.”
Daisy Anguiano, a theme park guest who was in the audience, told KABC7-TV that she saw cast members pull the unconscious performer out of the water.
He said the incident happened sometime after the man had fallen from a tower and into the water while on fire, as part of the show’s finale.
“All the staff and the crew are doing this together without letting this person die,” said Anguiano, who also recorded the incident on his phone. “He was unconscious as I pulled him out of the water.”
He said the show was canceled and the guests were escorted away.
The long-running stunt show “Waterworld,” based on the 1995 post-apocalyptic film of the same name, opened months after the film’s release and remains one of the most popular attractions in park
It features jet ski chase scenes, fiery explosions, a crash landing plane and a collapsing tower.
A 2014 Los Angeles Times investigation into theme park injuries found that more than 90 visitors to Universal Studios Hollywood reported injuries between 2007 and 2012. Injuries ranged from joint pain, broken teeth and lacerations to dizziness and convulsions. Data for injured performers and theme park employees has not been included.
In 2011, a small fire broke out in the now-defunct earthquake simulation, possibly due to faulty electrical wiring. And last April, firefighters had to rescue 11 customers who got stuck on the park’s “Transformers” ride during a power outage.
Monday’s incident comes several weeks before the opening of USH’s Super Nintendo World, which promises to be the most interactive theme park ever created. The attraction’s debut hit a snag earlier this month when its online pre-sale system crashed, temporarily leaving annual pass holders in the dark.