December 28, 1998
Luan Phi Dawson, 33, of Duvall, injured Christmas Eve in a freak accident at Disneyland, died Saturday.
His wife, Lieu Thuy Vuong, 43, was listed in critical condition with severe head injuries after the accident but her condition was upgraded to fair on Saturday.
The couple were apparently waiting to board the Columbia sailing ship ride when they were hit in the head by a metal cleat that had ripped from the bow of the boat.
The Columbia, an 84-foot replica of a tall sailing ship, was docking after an excursion around the Rivers of America attraction. Reports said the cleat was being secured by a line that apparently tore it away from the deck. The cleat became airborne and hit the couple and a Disneyland employee, who suffered damage to her foot and ankle.
The Duvall couple were taken to the University of California at Irvine Medical Center.
Reports indicated the couple had moved to Duvall from Seattle about a year ago and went to Disneyland for a vacation, taking their preschool-age son and a grandson with them. Dawson was said to have worked at Microsoft.