Rotherham woman and granddaughter flipped from ride and badly injured
SAFETY experts are investigating how a woman and her granddaughter were seriously hurt on a fairground ride in Bridlington - as Sheffield holidaymakers watched in horror yesterday as revellers got trapped on another ride in nearby Skegness.
The 58-year-old woman and the four-year-old girl, who are from the Rotherham area, were flipped from the Jungle River log flume on the seafront in Bridlington on Sunday.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance flew the woman to hospital following the incident, believed have happened when the log flume jammed.
Both casualties are now in hospital in Hull.
The grandmother is being treated for ‘severe’ but not life-threatening injuries. Humberside Police said reports in other media that the woman had lost her leg were inaccurate.
The four-year-old is being treated for bad cuts on her legs.
Police have not released their names, or where in South Yorkshire they are from.
A Health and Safety Executive inspector visited the site yesterday and a specialist engineer will examine the funfair equipment.
But an HSE spokeswoman said: “These investigations can take months, if not years.”
The log flume ride remains closed and sealed by police tape today, although other rides on the Bayside Amusement Park are running.
Park owner Michael Harrison said he hoped the injured make a speedy recovery.
“I am as anxious as everyone else to know what caused it,” he said. “We have a very good safety record on site. Nothing as serious as this has ever happened to us before.
“The industry is very strictly regulated. Safety checks are made at least once a year by independent engineers and by ourselves on a daily basis.”
Bridlington Mayor Coun Cyril Marsburg said he does not believe the accident will affect tourism.
He said: “I am sure many people will not go on that ride, but people also come here for the sea, sand and promenade.”