Mar 08

Statement from SeaWorld and the family of Dawn Brancheau

by Staff

Statement from SeaWorld and the family of Dawn Brancheau

March 8, 2010

The family of Dawn Brancheau and SeaWorld are working to prevent the public release of video and photographs related to the February 24 incident at Shamu Stadium. The video, which is SeaWorld property, was provided to Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) voluntarily and in good faith to aid in their investigation. According to OCSO the release of video and photographs is being sought by a variety of news organizations.

Charles LoVerde, a spokesman for Dawn's family, said: “This remains a time of tremendous sadness and grief for our family. Use of this video will do nothing more than further sensationalize a tragic event and traumatize our family. Some members of the news media have shown restraint and sensitivity during this difficult time, but many others have not. The conduct of some members of the press has been disgraceful. Our family has a right to heal in private and we once again appeal to the media to recognize the terrible pain we are experiencing and give us a small measure of respect and privacy.”

SeaWorld's review of the incident is underway. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Dawn's family and those closest to her.