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Wave Machine Malfunctions At Theme Park Causing 'Tsunami'

Amelia Ward

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Wave Machine Malfunctions At Theme Park Causing 'Tsunami'

A wave machine at a water park in China has malfunctioned, causing a 10ft tsunami which left at least 44 people with injuries.

Footage taken from the scene shows swimmers being thrown around, with inflatables and bodies swept away and pulled under the water.

The chaos was filmed at Shuiyun Water Park in north eastern China on 29 July, where the popular attraction's wave machine apparently developed a fault, causing the disaster.

In the video, visitors to the park can be seen standing by the pool, before noticing the huge wave. When they see it, panic ensues and anyone lucky enough to not be in the water begins running for their lives as they see the massive wave break straight through the splash barrier.

Swimmers can be heard screaming, and the aftermath shows a woman lying motionless and injured on the ground, with her legs bleeding.

Credit: Asia Wire
Credit: Asia Wire

A spokesperson for the water park said in a statement: "It was caused by a mechanical fault. Only around 10 people were injured.

"The wave pool was closed for a day for repairs. It's already been fixed and will be open tomorrow."

Officials, however, then said around 44 people were injured, with three still being kept in hospital with broken bones and serious cuts and injuries.

The park is based in the Yulong Bay Scenic Area, which opened in 2015.

The wave pool has also been shut by authorities for inspection.

It is unclear whether the injured tourists were refunded their tickets, which cost 98 RMB (£12; $15).

Things going wrong at theme parks turns the most fun you can have into an absolute nightmare.

Just last week, a roller coaster at Alton Towers in the UK also malfunctioned. The park's Smiler ride broke down, leaving dozens of theme park goers suspended 100ft in the air.

According to one eye-witness, the ride was stuck vertically, filled with people, for around 20 minutes.

The ride was stuck for around 20 minutes, according to eyewitnesses. Credit: Twitter/Terry Brooks
The ride was stuck for around 20 minutes, according to eyewitnesses. Credit: Twitter/Terry Brooks

Thankfully, staff were able to get it going again and no one was injured.

The £18m roller coaster launched back in 2013 and features a record-breaking 14 loops.

It was involved in a serious incident in June 2015, when a full carriage hit an empty carriage at 52mph, resulting in life-changing injuries for a number of people.

Two women - Vicky Balch and Leah Washington - who were at the front of the carriage both had legs amputated after the horror crash.

Alton Towers owner Merlin Attractions pleaded guilty to health and safety charges. It was found that 'human error' lead to the 'catastrophic failure'. Merlin Attractions was fined £5 million.

Featured Image Credit: Asia Wire

Topics: World News

Amelia Ward
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