Universal Studios stunt performer hospitalized after accident at Waterworld Show

A performer was injured and hospitalized on Monday while performing at the Water world stunt show (formally known as Waterworld: A live spectacle from naval warfare) at Universal Studios Hollywood. The artist’s name and current condition have been kept private, but police and local media reported that yesterday afternoon a performer dived into the water as part of the stunt show and did not resurface when expected. Another performer on the show went underwater to retrieve him, and he was rushed to hospital. An onlooker commenting on a local news report noted that there are flags and checkpoints throughout the show, so it’s likely the quick reaction from other cast members was because the injured man missed one, alerting other performers to his plight were pointed out.

The stunt show has been operating since 1995, when it opened alongside the movie of the same name. It includes fireworks, stunts, giant splashes of water and the simulated crash of a seaplane.

“We can confirm that a performer has been transported to hospital with one of our long-standing show vendors following a stunt during an afternoon performance and our thoughts are with him as he is being looked after. Details surrounding the event are being reviewed. As always, safety is our top priority in our day-to-day operations,” said a Universal Studios Hollywood spokesperson.

Below is a local news report on the situation.

The Water world show is performed by highly trained stunt performers, unlike most Universal and Disney attractions, which are operated by cast members, due to the dangerous nature of the show. The show was canceled after the injury and the audience was led out.

According to KTLAthe artist did not respond when 911 was called, but was given CPR at the scene and was conscious while en route to the hospital.

That’s what a witness in the theme park told KABC that “the performer was standing on one of the towers and fell into the water as part of the act… The other workers noticed he was missing and went into the water to pull him up.”

While the Water world film was a notorious box office bomb, the stunt show has become a fan favorite over the years and probably did some good to the film’s image, which improved after it hit home video and found a niche audience.

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