Riders who fell from floats doing better

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Posted on February 23, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 1:47 PM

Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
Email: jkelley@wwltv.com | Twitter: @jkelleyWWL

NEW ORLEANS -- Two float riders from the Krewe of Alla are doing much better after falling off the their floats Sunday.

A spokesman for the krewe said that one rider who fell off of the upper deck of a float near Lee Circle should be released from the hospital Monday. The other rider, who fell from a lower deck on his float, was released Sunday.

An Alla spokesman said the rider who fell from the upper deck of a float was not wearing the required tethered harness that keeps riders from falling.

The first fall happened at around 4:30 p.m. at St. Charles Avenue and Harmony Street. The second fall happened just after 5:30 p.m. as the Krewe of Alla passed Lee Circle.

It was been a busy weekend for New Orleans EMS, who has responded to 421 calls since Friday afternoon, including the two riders.

"One person was in stable condition and taken to a local hospital, and the second person was transported from Lee Circle to the trauma center in critical condition," said Ken Bouvier the Deputy Chief of Operations for New Orleans EMS.

EMS officials say both of the men suffered head injuries in the falls. Bouvier says the men are lucky their injuries were not more severe.

"In the past we have has people die from falling off floats and going into this second weekend of Mardi Gras, starting Wednesday, we want to send the message to float riders to protect their eyes and follow their safety rules for riding on floats," said Bouvier.

Bouvier says when paramedics got to the float riders, neither one of them were wearing harnesses, which the city requires all float riders to wear.

Bouvier says the fire department, who also enforces the harness policy, will investigate exactly what happened.

"In this case they were inspected before the parade and they passed. They would not have been allow to parade if they didn't have it."

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