SeaWorld hearing to resume in November

AP News
Posted: Sep 23, 2011 5:21 PM
SeaWorld hearing to resume in November

A hearing has adjourned until November over whether SeaWorld Orlando should be forced to pay $75,000 in fines for citations it received after a trainer was drowned by a whale.

The weeklong hearing was supposed to wrap up Friday. But not all the witnesses have been called, and the administrative law judge overseeing the case says lawyers for SeaWorld and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration still have about another week left of testimony.

SeaWorld says three safety citations, issued by OSHA after an investigation into trainer Dawn Brancheau's February 2010 death, are unfounded.

On Friday OHSA whale expert David Duffus continued attacked SeaWorld's safety protocols, saying that he would not recommend trainers be allowed to be in close proximity to killer whales.