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Major Malfunction - Video Shows Child Being Ejected From Waterslide During Grand Opening

In the wake of last year’s shocking incident that saw a young boy from Kansas City lose his life in gruesome fashion while riding the Verruckt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Missouri, safety is at even more of a premium at amusement parks across the nation. As such, you would expect that new rides would be tested to the umpteenth degree to ensure any potential kinks are worked out. As you’ll see in this stunning video, here’s one amusement park that may want to reexamine things in the wake of a scary incident at the grand opening of one of its newest attractions.

As the Independent Journal Review shares, the video emanates from The Wave Waterpark, which is located in Dublin, California. A new ride known as the “Emerald Plunge” recently opened on site, and it sounds like the typical thrill ride you would expect to be found in an amusement park. The ride features a three-story drop down an 80-degree slope, and riders are urged to cross their arms and legs while riding it.

Sounds like a ride that will attract a huge crowd, and the grand opening of it attracted a solid turnout. A Bay Area News Group photographer was on site to capture some footage, and he would capture something completely shocking just 90 minutes after the ride was opened. A young boy flew off the side of the ride, and he would plunge down to the concrete below.

Thankfully - and amazingly - the boy would turn out to be alright.

“He got up immediately and as any boy would be, he was stunned. I was worried if he was mentally okay, but physically he just had some scrapes,” said Dublin Assistant City Manager Linda Smith.

While the park dodged a serious bullet, management is not taking any further chances. The ride - and it’s neighboring waterslide, the “Dublin Screamer” - have been closed indefinitely.

“We're not going to open it until we know what happened,” noted a park spokesperson.

The park notes that the new ride was tested “scores of times” prior to opening, but something is obviously amiss here. Whether that’s a result of faulty engineering or a rider failing to follow instructions is unclear, but the park and the boy’s family are incredibly fortunate that this day didn’t end in tragedy.

Word gets out pretty fast these days about potential trouble spots, so this ride could be quickly scratched off the to-do list for visiting families after it reopens. Of course, that will be balanced out by the thrill-seeking daredevils who simply must conquer the most harrowing rides out there in a bid to feel complete.

A video has also emerged on the site’s social media page that shows a “slide inspector” whipping down the slide. The inspector’s feet also shifted to the left while he was traveling down the ride at high speeds, and that appears to be the same thing that happened to the child that averted disaster.

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photo: East Bay Times Screenshot

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