CHILLING footage shows teens excitedly getting on a drop ride at ICON Park– moments before a boy fell to his death.
Thrillseekers flocked onto the Free Fall ride at around 11pm local time last night in Orlando, Florida.
Some were giggling while others were seen swinging their feet and looking at their watches as they waited the ride to start.
Riders also asked the operators about the seat belts.
One said: "Why doesn't this have the little clicky click? Like the seat belt?"
They replied: "You talking about a seat belt?"
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A bystander appeared to joke: “Make it go faster than 75.”
As the ride starts, the worker yells: “Hey did you take your seat belt on the left side. Seat belt.”
The ride starts spinning as those on board are hoisted hundreds of feet above the ground before plunging at around 75mph.
The shocking footage captured the moment the rider fell off the attraction. He has not been identified.
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Following the accident, one woman asked for an ambulance while others screamed as they wanted to exit the ride.
A spokesperson for the Slingshot Group of Companies, which owns the ride, confirmed the teenager was in a safety harness.
They added that staff "operate the ride with all the safety precaution(s) in mind."
Montrey Williams told Fox35: "At first we thought it was a piece of the ride or whatever until we got a little closer and it was a person laying on the ground.
The Orlando Free Fall stands at 430 feet and a maximum of 30 thrill-seekers can go on the ride at one time.
THEME PARK PLUNGE
Thursday’s death is not the only tragedy to rock the theme park in recent years.
ICON Park is not only home to Free Fall but features other tourist attractions such as The Wheel and StarFlyer.
StarFlyer stands at 450 feet and claims to be the world's tallest stand-alone swing ride.
In 2020, worker Jacob Kaminsky fell backward while carrying out a safety check on the StarFlyer ride.
He was climbing up the tower part of the ride as he carried out a safety check, according to the Orlando Legal Examiner.
But, Kaminsky, who was described as a roller coaster enthusiast by pals, fell backward onto a platform below.
Cops estimated at the time that he fell between 50 and 60 feet.
Paramedics frantically performed CPR and Kaminsky was taken to a trauma center where he was pronounced dead.
Family friend Cheryl Wessely said: “It was only natural that he landed a job in the field of building them.”
Meanwhile, pal Chris Ross, 19, said: “Anything he could do with roller coasters he wanted to do. He just loved it.”
The worker reportedly spent hours building toy coasters as a child and loved watching movies about them.
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