Luan Phi Dawson, a 33-year-old software engineer visiting the Disneyland theme park in California for their Christmas Eve celebration, died after being struck in the head by a 9 lb. metal cleat used to secure the sailing ship Columbia. While the ship was docking, the cleat was pulled out of the dock under the tension of a cable and sailed through the air at tremendous speed into a nearby group of people. Dawson was declared brain-dead two days later. One other guest, Dawson’s wife, and a park attendee were injured non-fatally in the accident. This event was notable for being the first death of a guest in Disneyland history that was the result of insufficient maintenance resulting in an accident rather than a guest’s negligence in following safety-rules.
Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.