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Sea World Resumes Ski Show After Accident

September 15, 1996

AURORA, Ohio (AP) _ Sea World of Ohio resumed its water ski show Saturday without a crowd-splashing boat pass, the kind of stunt that led to a crash in the grandstand last month that injured 23 people.

The shows were suspended at all Sea World parks after the Aug. 17 crash, and after a safety review the grandstand pass was eliminated from shows nationwide, said park spokesman Ted Molter.

Shows also resumed Saturday at Sea World in Orlando, and were set to resume at parks in San Antonio next weekend and San Diego in the spring.

The accident at Sea World of Ohio, 25 miles southeast of Cleveland, happened when the jet-drive boat’s steering mechanism broke and the boat slammed five rows deep into the lakeside grandstand.

The boat’s driver, Andrew R. Schleis, 25, could face 30 days in jail and a $250 fine on misdemeanor charges of speeding and failing to slow down or shut off the motor before the crash.

The boat’s owner, World Entertainment Services Inc. of Winter Park, Fla., pleaded innocent to three marine violations unrelated to the crash. Each is punishable by a $100 fine.

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