Anaheim, CA Amusement Park Accident, June 1983

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DISNEY ACCIDENT KILLS 1.

Anaheim, Calif. (UPI) -- A New Mexico teenager celebrating his high school graduation and his birthday at Disneyland with his Albuquerque classmates drowned in a boating accident, officials said Saturday.
Sgt. Chet Barry said PHILLIP MARK STRAUGHAN,
18, climbed into a restricted area with a friend in Disneyland's Frontierland about 11 p.m. PDT Friday and took a motorized maintenance raft to Tom Sawyer Island without authorization.
On the way back to shore, the inflatable raft struck a rock and threw the youth overboard. STRAUGHAN'S friend, STEVEN SCHWALM, managed to swim ashore, where he notified park security his friend had not made it back to land.

Logansport Pharos Tribune Indiana 1983-06-05