Tragic accident kills manager at Henderson cryotherapy business
UPDATE (11/2): Nevada investigates whether cryotherapy is safe for public
Accident kills manager at Henderson cryotherapy business
UPDATE (10/28): Metro homicide section WILL review into cryotherapy death
UPDATE (10/27) Cryotherapy clinic shut down for failing to secure worker's compensation insurance
UPDATE (10/27) Metro, OSHA will not continue investigation into Cryotherapy manager's death
UPDATE (10/26): Family says manager was frozen to death in solid ice.
HENDERSON (KSNV News3LV) - A freak accident takes the life of a 24-year old woman. Family members say Chelsea Ake "froze to death" in a Henderson cryochamber.
Employees at Rejuvenice made the tragic discovery earlier this week. Ake, a Hawaii native, was the manager of the business.
"I do know that she was alone closing the shop up, and then did go into the machine and apparently did not turn off," said her friend, Shae-Lynn Bee.
Authorities with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration say they believe Ake was in the chamber for at least 10 hours. A police report says the 24-year old used the machine without any assistance and may have suffocated. Investigators ruled "operator error."
"Chelsea's everything to me," Bee said. "She was my best friend, and I'm going to miss her dearly."
Bee traveled from Hawaii to recover her best friend's body.
"It's very frustrating to know because you know there are no cameras in there," Bee said. "Basically, the only person that does know what happened is Chelsea."
According to Wikipedia, whole-body cryotherapy is being offered by clinicians as an alternative to cold water immersion or ice packs. This treatment involves exposing individuals to extremely cold dry air for two to four minutes.
Cryotherapy experts say no one should be in the machine longer than three minutes. The cryo chamber temperatures go down to minus 240 degrees Fahrenheit. Ake's family says it will be hard to deal with such a bizarre way to lose someone.
"I just want everybody to know she was awesome and she loved everybody," Bee said. "Her legacy will definitely move on through us."
The owners of Rejuvenice had no comment on the accident other than they mourn with the family and are saddened with the loss of their friend.