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Emergency Services Called After Family Capsize On Theme Park Ride

Emergency Services Called After Family Capsize On Theme Park Ride

A family of four had to be rescued after their boat capsized on a river rapid ride at a theme park.

A grandmother, mother and two children were said to have been injured when a rubber boat they were in flipped over on the Wild River Rafting attraction at West Midland Safari Park.

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Emergency crews were called to the scene yesterday (6 September) at around 2.30pm after the family ended up in the water.

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The family only sustained 'minor injuries' according to a spokesperson from the park.

Eyewitness Georgia Hodgkiss, 22, saw the boat capsize and the ensuing incident as she waited in a queue to go on the ride.

She said: "I couldn't quite believe what was going on.

"I heard a loud noise like a screech almost and I turned and couldn't really tell at first what was going on and then I saw these girls coming out from underneath absolutely drenched looking quite confused.

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"It looked as though it was a mother, a grandmother and two children.

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"The staff then realised what had happened and got everyone out of the queue and closed the ride.

"I saw who I presume to be the dad go running up the queue to the girls and ladies that were now stood at the start of the ride.

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"No one helped them out they did it themselves, there was one girl who looked in quite a lot of pain.

"They were all crying and hugging each other. I can't imagine how they must have been feeling.

"It took about ten minutes for the first aiders and anyone who looked official to come to the ride and then I was leaving the park at 3.15pm I passed the ambulance as they were coming in."

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A West Midland Safari Park spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that emergency services have been called to the park as a precautionary measure following an incident involving our Wild River Rafting ride.

"Four visitors are receiving treatment for minor injuries and are being looked at closely.

"We will continue to co-operate with the emergency services to support them at this time."

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Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]