SeaWorld spins the Daniel Dukes death as an unfortunate drowning. This is misinformation.
Note the wording in the Reuters article, "An autopsy scheduled for Wednesday was expected to show that he had drowned, as his body was unharmed."
If you actually read the results from the Medical Examiners (ME) report Tilikum thoroughly worked DD over, with damage to all four extremities, the main body, and including a mild subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), suggestive of Tilikum ragdolling the victim. Also note that there was no illegal drugs found in his body (see Toxicology report).
The Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman in 1999 was Jim Solomons, who was the same spokesperson that represented SeaWorld in 2010 at the first press conference after DB was killed (as seen in Blackfish). At this conference Solomons downplayed Dawn’s death. He came out with SeaWorld management and reported that Dawn had “slipped and fell” into the pool. See photo.
Regarding Dukes, Solomons says in the article, “He was camped out in the park and unfortunately decided to take a swim with the whale.”
That is certainly an understatement.