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Gran And Friend Break Legs On Water Slide After Drunkenly Breaking Into Pool

Jake Massey

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Gran And Friend Break Legs On Water Slide After Drunkenly Breaking Into Pool

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

A grandma and her friend broke their legs and battered their feet after drunkenly breaking into a pool and going down the water slide.

Claire Vickers had been at the boozer for four hours on 4 August before heading to her pal Barry Douglas' house for some more beverages.

But during the early hours, they decided to break into Aldershot Lido leisure park in Hampshire for an inebriated splash about - but the decision to go down the water slide proved to be an extremely unwise one.

The pair threw themselves down together, oblivious to the fact a barrier had been placed at the exit.

It did not go to plan. Credit: SWNS
It did not go to plan. Credit: SWNS

The mum-of-five and forklift driver Baz subsequently smashed into the blockage, leaving them trapped with horrific injuries.

Claire's snapped shin popped out of her skin on her right leg, and she completely shattered her left foot whilst Barry broke a leg and both feet.

"It was like a scene out of a horror film like Saw," Claire said.

"I'll never forget what I saw. The blood was pouring out at this point and I was starting to feel faint and cold.

"I kept checking on Barry but he stopped moving and making any noise. I looked over at him he was in the foetal position and silent, that's when I thought we were both going to die in that slide.

"I remember thinking no one is going to find us."

Mercifully, police - who had received calls from residents who suspected that kids had broken into the pool - arrived at around 3.45am, almost two hours after they made the massive error of judgement.

They were taken to Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley, but their injuries were too severe for treatment there so they were transferred to St George's Hospital in Tooting.

The pair sustained horrific injuries. Credit: SWNS
The pair sustained horrific injuries. Credit: SWNS

Claire, 46, said: "I have never felt pain like that ever in my life - and I've given birth to five children.

"Every movement I made I could feel every bone in my leg crunching.

"I could hear Baz in the next cubicle shouting out in pain while the doctors worked on him, thank God he was alive."

Indeed, Claire too could have very easily died.

She said: "I'm still having nightmares about it now, one month on. I nearly went head first, I would have been dead."

Baz too has been left physically and mentally scarred by the ordeal.

The 44-year-old said: "I'll be lucky if I ever get to go near a water slide in my life again. Even thinking about going past that place gives me nightmares."

They didn't realise a barrier had been placed at the exit of the slide. Credit: SWNS
They didn't realise a barrier had been placed at the exit of the slide. Credit: SWNS

Now, Claire hopes their story will serve as a cautionary tale.

"Don't do it - we're idiots," she said.

"I still have really bad night terrors about it, in the beginning I was waking up within seconds of going to sleep.

"There should have been gates at the top shutting the whole thing off, there needs to be more safety."

No police action was taken against the pair, but details of the incident were provided to the land owner of the Lido by officers who attended.

Topics: UK News

Jake Massey
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