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Hearing begins in death of Sea World trainer

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SeaWorld Orlando and government attorneys are in a Sanford, Florida courtroom. They’re fighting over citations the theme park resort received following the death of a trainer who was grabbed by a killer whale and dragged under water last year. SeaWorld says three safety citations, issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an investigation into trainer Dawn Brancheau’s death, are unfounded. The amusement park says the allegations are baseless and unsupported by the evidence. The medical examiner said she died of drowning and traumatic injuries. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jordan Matich spoke with CBS Correspondent Peter King, who was at the hearing and describes the scene today.

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPPeterKingSeaWorldhearing.mp3]

About Donna Green-Townsend

Donna is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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