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Performer Dies In Sea World Performance

August 16, 1986

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Sea World performances were canceled Saturday and Sunday after a jet ski performer was fatally injured in a crash with a motorboat, authorities said.

Tony Garrison, 24, was one of several jet ski drivers who open the Ski Pirates Show by jumping motorized water scooters over the wake of two motorboats speeding toward the grandstand, said Danny Stewart, the show’s supervisor.

He had motor trouble with his jet ski Friday and started his routine about 20 seconds late, said Elizabeth Barry, a Sea World spokeswoman.

When he drove out from the right side of the grandstand, he collided with one of the boats, which was turning get ready for the next routine, she said.

Most of the 3,000 spectators at the well-known tourist spot did not see the accident because a prop of a sunken ship blocked their view, said Stewart.

″He probably should not have gone through with it at all,″ Stewart said. ″We’re not sure if he lost control of the ski or not.″

Garrison was unconscious when he was brought ashore by rescue workers, and died four hours later at Orlando Regional Medical Center, authorities said.

It was the first death in the water-ski show, Barry said.

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