Family of man killed on Sky Trail ropes course files lawsuit

Officials: Robert Belvoir fell 30 feet from Sky Trail at Artegon Marketplace

By Michelle Dendy - Web Editor

ORLANDO, Fla. - The family for the man who died on Christmas Eve while on the ropes course at Artegon Marketplace is filing a lawsuit, the family's attorney said Tuesday.

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Authorities said Robert Belvoir, 52, was at the highest point of the Sky Trail ropes course on a zipline when his harness somehow broke loose. He fell 30 feet and hit the cement floor. Belvoir was rushed to Dr. Phillips Hospital but later died from his injuries, according to authorities.

Family members said Belvoir was at the attraction with his 25-year-old daughter, Penelope, a graduate of the University of Central Florida.

She completed the course right before her father and then witnessed him plummet to the cement floor, officials said.

Attorney Mark Nation said his client, Penelope Belvoir, is filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

The mall reopened on Friday.

The Department of Agriculture is investigating, along with a homicide investigation with local authorities.

"The Sky Trail Adventure Ropes Course attraction has reopened following thorough safety investigations and operating clearance by all local and state licensing agencies from the tragic incident that occurred on Dec. 24," Artegon Marketplace said in a statement. "The Sky Rail (zip line) component remains closed until further notice."

Sky Trail's course is designed by Ropes Courses Inc., which has 600 ropes courses installed worldwide, according to Nation.

Sky Trail owner Jim Liggett said they found where the accident happened on the course.

"It happened on the sky rail. All sky rails that have been manufactured has been closed down all over the country, so this won't happen again," said Liggett. "We're researching to make sure that it doesn't happen again."

To clarify, Sky Trail is the rope challenge course, which are not affected by the death. It has 400 courses around the world. Sky rail is a rail people zip on, similar to a zip line. There are eight around the country, which are all now closed.

"My goal is make a difference, to make a change," Nation said when asked why they were filing a lawsuit now, adding that the accident is a negative impact on the local tourism industry.

"The safety and well-being of all our guests remain a top priority and our deepest condolences and prayers continue for the family," Artegon Marketplace officials said.

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