Nicole Cora of Southington, Conn., tells the Asbury Park Press operators stopped the belt along the Congo Rapids ride the bird landed Sunday. But the goose wouldn't budge.
Cora says the bird stayed after the belt was restarted. Cora says people watched in horror as the animal struggled beneath the belts.
An amusement park spokeswoman tells the newspaper patrons would have been put at risk if the operator had used an emergency stop. The ride's boats would have been quickly sent to a reservoir and patrons would have been evacuated by rope.
The spokeswoman says the staff was saddened by the loss.