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SeaWorld Drops Appeal Of OSHA Violation

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ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 30: Killer whale 'Tilikum' appears during its performance in its show 'Believe' at Sea World on March 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. 'Tilikum' is back to public performance March 30, the first time since the six-ton whale has performed since killing trainer 40-year-old trainer Dawn Brancheau at the marine park on February 24 2010, after Sea World Parks & Entertainment president Jim Atchinson signed off on the decision this week. (credit: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, FL – MARCH 30: Killer whale ‘Tilikum’ appears during its performance in its show ‘Believe’ at Sea World on March 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. ‘Tilikum’ is back to public performance March 30, the first time since the six-ton whale has performed since killing trainer 40-year-old trainer Dawn Brancheau at the marine park on February 24 2010, after Sea World Parks & Entertainment president Jim Atchinson signed off on the decision this week. (credit: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

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ORLANDO, Fla. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — SeaWorld Entertainment has dropped an appeal of citations it received after the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale.

The marine park company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week that it wasn’t going to pursue the appeal of a federal appeals court’s decision to uphold the citations.

Last April, the federal appeals court in Washington said SeaWorld’s challenge to the finding was unpersuasive, and that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission was correct when it found that the SeaWorld park in Orlando had violated a federal workplace safety law.

SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed in 2010 when killer whale Tilikum grabbed her and pulled her into a pool.

Tilikum became the focus of the 2013 documentary film “Blackfish.”

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