Friday, January 1, 2010

Updates on the Orca Trainer death in Loro Parque

Loro Parque update on the tragic death of Orca coach Alexis Martínez

This unfortunate and sad accident occurred around 10.30 a.m. on December 24th, at which time the highly experienced veteran coach was performing one of the regular exercises with 13 year-old Keto, the oldest, noblest and most experienced Orca at Loro Parque, who was born in captivity.

Preliminary reports show no signs of violence to his body, either through hitting or biting by the Orca, ruling out an attack; it was a lack of oxygen and drowning that was the apparent cause of his death.

Neither his team mates nor the medical team immediately summoned on the 112 emergency service could resuscitate him.

This tragic accident has shocked the whole family, colleagues and Loro Parque team who loved Alexis, and his death has been a very hard blow to everyone as he was a highly valued partner and an excellent professional who was passionate about orcas.

After the funeral which was held today, the whole family, friends and Loro Parque associates will hold a mass in his memory in the coming days.

Workers and managers of Loro Parque on behalf of his family

Read More HERE
And The Next Article...
Loro Parque trainer died from asphyxia caused by compression of the chest in rough play
A Loro Parque press release says that it believes Alexis died as a result of asphyxia caused by compression of the chest. It seems that although they were training for a new Christmas special, the actual exercise in which the accident occurred was one that had been performed daily for the last three years, and involved both whale and trainer submerging together to gain speed to be propelled to the side of the pool side by side.

The whale, Keto, 14 years old and born in captivity in the USA, is said to be the largest and most experienced of the cetaceans at Loro Parque. On this occasion, however, he reacted unexpectedly and Alexis was pushed out of the way. Some sources have been saying that Keto was known to “play rough”, and had been known to challenge older whales. As such, he was not considered completely predictable, but on the other hand, Alexis himself was one of the most experienced trainers in Loro Parque, and it has been stressed repeatedly that Keto’s behaviour was not an attack. La Opinion

Originally Posted 24 December: A Loro Parque trainer has been accidentally killed by one of the whales during the first training session for a Christmas spectacular. The trainer was 29-year-old Alexis Martínez from Puerto de la Cruz, and the accident occurred at 10.30 am this morning. The other 7 trainers were also present in the training session. As far as can be determined at present, Alexis was hit by the whale, and his death was caused by drowning after being under water for several minutes before he was rescued.

He was immediately assisted by the specialist

And More HERE

Plus on this second link there is considerable comment and discussion which you make like to join in with.

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