A woman trainer was dragged underwater and drowned by a killer whale in front of horrified spectators at SeaWorld in Florida yesterday.
The 40-year-old victim was reportedly grabbed by the waist and shaken violently by the rogue whale at the Orlando theme park - one of the biggest attractions for British holidaymakers in the US.
The attack happened at lunchtime yesterday when about 50 tourists stayed behind after a show to watch trainers feed the orcas.
There were conflicting reports over how the woman, said to be one of SeaWorld’s most experienced trainers – was killed.
Police said she ‘apparently slipped or fell’ into the whales’ tank.
But eye-witnesses described a much more horrific scene.
Park guest Victoria Biniak said she was watching as the trainers talked about the show to a crowd of people when one of them was suddenly swept away in the whale’s mouth.
The whale 'took off really fast in the tank and then he came back around to the glass, shot up in the air, grabbed the trainer by the waist and started shaking her violently, and one of her shoes flew off,’ she said.
She said the trainer was talking about Tillikum, one of the stars of the Shamu show.
‘We walked down and there was a lot of people there. There was a trainer standing by the window talking about the whale. People were asking questions like how much does he weigh and things like that.
Let's see them try and pass this off as an accident... *shakes head* I must say I am quite shocked, it seems one of the most violent displays on record.
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