ALTOONA, Iowa — The ride at an Iowa amusement park where an 11-year-old boy died in 2021 will never reopen, park owners said.

Bill Lentz, Adventureland’s general manager, said in a letter posted on the park’s website Friday that after spending months reviewing the safety of the Raging River ride, officials decided to close it permanently.

“The decision comes after months of examining the ride, working closely with its manufacturer to identify what enhancements each would need to meet our operating standards,” Lentz said in the statement. «Based on that review, the best way forward is to close Raging River and focus on improving the Adventureland experience elsewhere.»

Michael Jaramillo died and his brother and father were injured on July 3, 2021, after their raft capsized, trapping them in the water. The ride uses a conveyor belt to move large circular rafts through rapids.

The park was sold to Palace Entertainment upon the boy’s death and Lentz took over as CEO in 2022. Palace Entertainment is the US subsidiary of Madrid-based Parques Reunidos.

The Jaramillo family filed a lawsuit against Adventureland and its former owners in June 2022, and a separate lawsuit against the state of Iowa in September 2022. That lawsuit is tentatively scheduled for trial next spring. The former owners have maintained that the journey was safe.

State officials cited the park in November 2021 for 17 security violations related to Jaramillo’s death.

The Des Moines Register reports that violations included using Flex Seal instead of approved patches to repair leaks in rafts’ flotation bladders, which keep the ride afloat, and failing to properly document or prove the repairs.

In 2016, 68-year-old seasonal employee Steve Booher died after falling when the ride unexpectedly began to move. He was pinned between a boat and a concrete side wall, and his head was struck repeatedly. He died days later.