Fair ride victim seriously injured

Horror accident: Air ambulance arriving at the scene. Picture: Jamie Potter.

Horror accident: Air ambulance arriving at the scene. Picture: Jamie Potter.

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A SOUTH Yorkshire grandmother who was thrown from a funfair ride with her granddaughter is still seriously injured in hospital.

The 58-year-old woman, who has not been named, was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary after suffering severe leg injuries in the accident on the Jungle River log flume, at Bayside Pleasure Park, Bridlington.

Horror accident: The Jungle River ride in Bridlington on which the mother and grand-daughter were hurt. Picture: Jamie Potter.

Horror accident: The Jungle River ride in Bridlington on which the mother and grand-daughter were hurt. Picture: Jamie Potter.

Her four-year-old granddaughter was taken to Scarborough Hospital where she was treated for cuts and bruises to her legs after the accident on Sunday.

A spokesman for HM Coastguard, among emergency services called to the scene, said: “We were called to a major incident at the fun fair at Bridlington at about 3.15pm.

“As the log flume came down, there was not enough water, which jolted the two victims out of the ride.

“It appears the lady suffered very serious leg injuries and she was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary.”

The funfair is on the promenade at the seaside resort in East Yorkshire, which is popular with South Yorkshire families.

The incident was watched by horrified onlookers who told how the ride stopped suddenly, then re-started, flinging the grandmother and her granddaughter out on to the ground.

But one eyewitness told The Star: “I saw everything that happened - the ride did not jam at all. They were thrown out as the log went around the corner at the bottom of the ride. I called 999 moments after the accident happened.”

Mayor of Bridlington Coun Cyril Marsburg said: “I have always considered the funfair too compact. Safety measures are carried out but when something like this happens it is terrible. It is very sad to hear the woman was so badly injured. There will certainly be a backlash to this now.

“We have been asking for the fair to be moved elsewhere, but I don’t see that happening.”

Humberside Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating the incident.

A spokeswoman for the HSE said: “We have been made aware of the incident and are investigating what happened.”

Humberside Police confirmed the force was assisting the HSE but did not wish to comment further.