Man Loses Fingertips on Pirates of the Caribbean
Officials aren't entirely sure how
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 11, 2014 2:30 PM CDT
The Pirates of the Caribbean ride is seen in this file photo.   (Flickr/Christoph)

(Newser) – A UK tourist lost two fingertips on his right hand while riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida yesterday. The man lost the tips of his ring and pinky fingers and was taken to a hospital, the local fire department tells WKMG of Orlando. Disney officials stopped the ride and checked it out, eventually determining that it was safe and reopening it later that day. Officials say it's still unclear how the incident happened. The man's name and condition have not been released.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Jul 14, 2014 9:48 PM CDT
Got the Pirates of the Carribean LP as a gift a long time ago. One side has the ride's audio track along with narration and the other side are some pirate dirges. So I knew the ride front and back before I ever got to even go out and see it. So when I finally went in 1981, it was a serious hoot for sure. I knew every turn and every song like I had been there every day for years. Then in 2005 I got to finally see the Magic Kingdom version. It must have been fantastic when he commissioned the Captain Jack version with his own animatronic character. He then hides out and pops up for real when it reopened with the new features. So I tried to remember if there was any place where your fingers could get pinched. Since its a track operated ride, it would have to derail to pinch off body parts. Or it would have to run into the boat head or behind you. They would know if that happened, when it happened. You really just can't tell your family to drive you to the hospital and then report the incident later. Disney takes all incidents seriously and most turn out to be medical defects in the visitor. I mean my mom slipped on a previous "trip" and people came out of the woodwork with forms, reports, depositions, etc. I just made sure she didn't sign any blind releases even though we didn't intend to sue or anything like that. And Disney didn't offer anything either. Now, we get in free because of so many friends who now work there. They get Disney dollars on their employment account along with so many passes per year. They never fully utilize the passes. But its nice to show up and get a multi-park pass for free. But we are always nice to Disney for doing that by dining and shopping at the shops.
recwisey
Jul 12, 2014 2:42 PM CDT
Oh Oh!!...This sounds like another MADE UP fabricated story for easy money!! Don't fall for it, Disney!!!...
Boz O'Clown
Jul 12, 2014 8:50 AM CDT
Good thing he didn't have lunch there. It would've cost him an arm and a leg.