SeaWorld drops safety violations appeal after trainer's 2010 death
In this Monday, March 7, 2011, file photo, killer whale Tilikum, right, watches as SeaWorld Orlando trainers take a break during a training session at the theme park's Shamu Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
Mike Schneider, The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:27PM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -- SeaWorld Entertainment has dropped an appeal of citations it received after the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale.
The marine park company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week that it wasn't going to pursue the appeal of a federal appeals court's decision to uphold the citations.
Last April, the federal appeals court in Washington said SeaWorld's challenge to the finding was unpersuasive, and that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission was correct when it found that the SeaWorld park in Orlando had violated a federal workplace safety law.
SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed in 2010 when killer whale Tilikum grabbed her and pulled her into a pool.
Tilikum became the focus of the 2013 documentary film "Blackfish."