A mother has told how her daughter plunged into a pool after a damaged handrail gave way as she celebrated her fifth birthday at a theme park.
Sarah Milligan said daughter Ellie-May fell into the three-foot deep water at Adventure Wonderland in Dorset as she tried to get on to its new Battle Boats ride.
Ms Milligan said Ellie-May had gone underneath a boat and she had to grab the youngster to pull her to safety, narrowly avoiding a more serious incident.
The Dorset Echo reported that Ms Milligan, of Mudeford, Dorset, had got into the boat first and was then going to help Ellie-May in.
She said: “She held on to a safety rail but it moved because the wood underneath it had split and she fell in. I reported it but they didn’t close the ride.”
‘Frightened by incident’
Ms Milligan said Ellie-May, who had been celebrating her birthday with friends at the theme park, had been left frightened by the incident and had not wanted to have a bath that evening.
A spokesman for the theme park confirmed it was aware of a five-year-old child
slipping into the pool at 4.30pm on Sunday July 21.
He said although the girl had been immediately pulled from the water by her mother a pool supervisor had been present, adding that no first aid assistance was required.
‘Full apology offered’
He said a full apology and refund was offered to the family but had been refused.
The spokesman said: “We understand that due to heavy use that day it may have been due to a loosened plank which was securing the tethering rail.
“As with all rides at Adventure Wonderland, full checks were carried out that morning and no faults were identified. All the tethering rails, however, have been strengthened to ensure that this incident cannot recur.”
Source: Bolton News
Date Published: July 26, 2013
Author: David Brown