High swing that killed Lakeland teen exempt from SC inspections

Olivia Grimes was killed on a rope and ride course at Carolina Point on Sassafras Mountain. Image courtesy WSPA

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina regulators say a ropes course where a Florida teen died last summer was exempt from state inspections.

The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation tells The Associated Press that the “Freebird” swing from which 16-year-old Olivia Paige Grimes fell qualifies as an amusement ride. But the agency says it doesn’t require regular inspections because the Carolina Point Camp in Sunset where the swing is located is only open to private groups, not the public.

Grimes’ family is suing camp owner Young Life Inc. for negligence. Authorities say the Lakeland teen died last July after falling more than 100 feet from a high ropes course swing.

Deputies say Grimes wasn’t strapped into the apparatus but found no evidence of foul play or mechanical failure.

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