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Documents released in SeaWorld death investigation

By Emily Pantelides - bio | email

ORLANDO, FL (WFLX) - New information about a trainer's death at SeaWorld. Investigators released dozens of documents detailing what happened to Dawn Brancheau showing exactly how she died.

The documents were released by investigators Tuesday morning. In them are eyewitness reports from her co-workers and the people who watched an orca kill her last week.

Trainers say Tilikum literally dragged her to her death avoiding workers as they tried to catch the whale, using plastic nets, while it swam through several different pools.

After they finally trapped it, it refused to let go of Dawn Brancheau forcing other trainers to pry his jaws open.

Investigators already said the 40-year-old trainer died from multiple traumatic injuries and drowning. She was laid to rest Monday in her hometown near Chicago. There will be a memorial in Orlando, but no date has been set.

The investigation continues.

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