Schlitterbahn releases statement on employee's death
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Schlitterbahn Waterpark officials released a statement on the death of one of their employees, who was injured in a job related accident, last Wednesday.
Two employees were injured last week during a work related accident. One worker, Nico Benavides, later died from his injuries at a hospital.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark released a statement on the death of the employee stating, "It is with deep sadness that we report that our employee, Nico Benavides, who was injured during a March 6th maintenance accident at Schlitterbahn Resort in South Padre, has died. The other employee injured in the accident is out of the hospital, recovering.
Our investigation into what happened is ongoing; at this point we have no further details. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our employee - - we will continue to support them during this difficult time.
Nico Benavides is a member of a family that has been part of our park family for generations. Their family helped build this park. Our families have known one another for years.
This tragedy has been devastating to all of us at Schlitterbahn. We are determined to find out what happened and to do all we can to ensure it never happens again. The safety of our employees and guests is of paramount importance to us.
We appreciate everyone’s understanding during this time."