DUBLIN, Calif. (May 30, 2017) – An investigation is underway after a 10-year-old boy flew off a water slide in Dublin, California over the Memorial Day weekend.
The heart-stopping accident took place Saturday on the Emerald Plunge, a slide at the brand new multi-million dollar water park, The Wave. The park had just opened for business over the holiday weekend, according to a report from CBS News.
Video of the incident shows the boy hit the pavement, just barely missing his head. Luckily, he was able to walk away with minor cuts and bruises.
Inspectors were sent to the water park Monday to determine exactly what went wrong on the ride. The Emerald Plunge and two other water slides were closed until further notice.
This incident comes just about a year after a 10-year-old Kansas boy was killed after he flew off the world’s tallest water slide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark. While no criminal charges were filed in the boy’s 2016 death, the family reached an undisclosed settlement with the park.
According to a 2016 FOX News report, serious accidents that require a trip to the emergency room are far more likely to occur at water parks than at a traditional theme park.
These frightening incidents are a reminder that not all amusement park oversight is equal. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. Partner Patrick Salvi Jr. says there are no federal government regulations when it comes to the safety and inspections of amusement park rides, so it is up to state and local governments to regulate amusement parks. CBS News reports twenty states have government oversight over amusement and water parks, while nine states have none at all.
Here in Illinois, the Illinois Amusement Park Safety Act mandates that rides must be insured, inspected, and meet applicable safety standards before they can operate.
Since the Chicago-area is located so close to many Midwest theme parks such as Indiana Beach, Six Flags Great America, Holiday World, and Cedar Point, it is important for thrill-seekers to educate themselves on the risks some rides pose to avoid falling victim to an accident on one of these permanent rides. Families planning a trip to their local water park should remember to: