South Carolina regulators said a ropes course where a Florida teen died last summer did not have to be inspected by the state.
The state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) told the Associated Press that, even though the “Freebird” qualifies as an amusement ride, it is only open to private groups and not the general public. LLR said that means the giant swing at Carolina Point Camp in Pickens County does not require regular inspections.
16-year-old Olivia Grimes died last July after falling more than 100 feet from a high ropes course swing at Carolina Point. The camp is located along the North Carolina border near the small town of Sunset and is operated by the nondenominational Christian group Young Life.
Pickens County deputies said at the time that Grimes was not properly strapped into the swing, but they otherwise did not find any evidence of foul play or mechanical failure. Her family has since filed a lawsuit against Young Life and Adventure Experiences, the company which designed the swing. The lawsuit was transferred to a federal court in South Carolina earlier this week, prompting The Associated Press to look more closely into Grimes’ case.