AUDIO: 9-1-1 Call for Dawn Brancheau Killed by Tilikum Orca Killer Whale at SeaWorld


9-1-1 Audio for Veteran Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau, who died last week after rubbing a 22-foot, 12,000-pound killer whale named Tilikum. The animal grabbed her ponytail and pulled her into the water in front of about 20 spectators.

After the first 9-1-1 call, the original caller dials a second time to update the 9-1-1 operator that the AED has been pulled for the victim — meaning that an Automated External Defribillator (AED) box has been opened was possibly being used to rescue an unknown victim that was in the tank. A third call to 9-1-1 advises that they want the rescue vehicles to pull directly to the scene inside the park by passing through Gate 3.

Orange County Fire Rescue responded to SeaWorld’s Shamu Stadium about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday after a whale named Tillikum pulled a female trainer into the tank. There was reported violent thrashing of the victim by the whale. The trainer had just finished explaining to the audience what they were about to see in the upcoming show. The killer whale grabbed the woman by the waist as she was standing at the edge of a secondary pool and dragged her underwater.


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