Woman Loses Leg after Log Flume Accident
A grandmother has lost her leg following a freak accident at the Bayside Pleasure Park funfair. The 58-year-old, who hasn’t been named, was thrown from the Jungle River log flume after the ride jammed and was restarted on Sunday afternoon. Her 4-year-old granddaughter, who also hasn’t been named, was ejected from the seafront Bridlington ride as well. It’s believed that there wasn’t enough water in the ride, which caused the carriage to stick.
Hundreds of holidaymakers saw the horror, and some reported there being blood everywhere. The grandmother was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary, and her leg may have been amputated beforehand. Her granddaughter escaped the accident with bruises and cuts on her legs. She was taken to Scarborough Hospital to be treated.
An investigation into the incident has now been launched into the safety of the funfair, following Bridlinton Town Council asking it to be moved to a more suitable place. Mayor Councillor Cyril Marsburg says he’s always believed the funfair to be too compact. They conduct safety measures, but it’s horrible when something like this happens. It’s very sad that the woman has lost her leg.
Marsburg added that he believes a backlash will come of this. However, he doesn’t believe the funfair will be moved. Despite a backlash, he also doesn’t think that tourism will be affected to the town due to the accident. A lot of people probably won’t ride Jungle River, but people don’t only go to Bridlington for the rides; there are also the sea, sand and promenade.