Local news in Los Angeles is reporting that a performer in the “WaterWorld” show at Universal Studios Hollywood was rushed to the hospital today after a possible drowning was reported.
A spokesperson for the park told ABC7 Eyewitness News that the incident occurred this afternoon, stating “Details surrounding the event are under review. As always, safety is our top priority in our day-to-day operations.”
Los Angeles Fire Department crews reported the man required CPR.
A witness who spoke with ABC7 said the performer was on one of the towers, and as part of the show, fell into the water, typical for the popular stunt show. But workers then noticed he did not come out of the water on queue, and dove in to pull him out. After being pulled backstage, the show was cancelled mid-performance, and guests were escorted out.
“WaterWorld” is a popular stunt show located at Universal Studios parks in Hollywood, Japan, Singapore, and Beijing based on the 1995 Kevin Costner-led film of the same name. Despite being a financial and critical disappointment, the stunt show received high marks and has been installed at four of the five Universal Studios parks around the world.
Stay tuned for more details as this story updates.