Universal Studios Hollywood stuntwoman hospitalized after ‘Waterworld’ incident

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 an emergency cardiac arrest, said Henry Narvaez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

When paramedics arrived, others were already performing CPR on the artist. EMTs then transported him to a nearby hospital, Narváez said.

“We can confirm that an artist with one of our long-standing entertainment providers was transported to hospital following a stunt during a performance yesterday afternoon, and our thoughts are with him as he receives care,” a spokesman for the company said Tuesday. Universal Studios Hollywood, declining to provide details on how the incident unfolded or the man’s condition. “Details surrounding 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.

She said the incident occurred sometime after the man fell from a tower into the water while it was on fire, as part of the show’s finale.

“Everyone on the staff and crew is doing this together to not let this person die,” said Anguiano, who also recorded the incident on his phone. “He was unconscious while being dragged out of the water.”

She said that the show was canceled and the guests were escorted out.

The long-running “Waterworld” stunt show, based on the 1995 post-apocalyptic film of the same name, opened months after the film’s release and remains one of the park’s most popular attractions.

It features jet ski chase scenes, fiery explosions, a plane making an emergency landing and a collapsing tower.

A 2014 Los Angeles Times investigation into amusement park injuries found that more than 90 guests at Universal Studios Hollywood reported injuries between 2007 and 2012. The injuries ranged from sore joints, chipped teeth, and lacerations to dizziness and seizures. Data from injured performers or theme park employees were not 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 patrons who were stranded on the park’s “Transformers” attraction 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.

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