Boy 'falls up to 30ft from rollercoaster after sliding out of seat'


A six-year-old boy has reportedly fallen up to 30ft from a rollercoaster after he is said to have slipped from his seat whilst riding the attraction. 

The incident, described as “serious” by Yorkshire Air Ambulance, happened at Lightwater Valley theme park near Ripon in North Yorkshire.

They confirmed a child has been airlifted to hospital. He was was conscious when officers arrived at the scene, hand his condition is not believed to be life threatening.

Witness Simon Moran, who said the child fell from the Twister ride, tweeted: “As it went down the fast bit towards the ‘souvenir’ camera he slid out and over top of carriage. Fell face down about 20 or 30 feet to ground.”

North Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called to reports of a medical incident involving a child at Lightwater Valley theme park near Ripon at 11.30am today.

“Officers are currently at the scene. Further updates will be provided when available.”

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been notified, according to North Yorkshire Police.

The Telegraph has contacted the theme park for comment. The attraction bills itself as the “ultimate family adventure” on its website.

“With over 35 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages, Lightwater Valley is bursting with young, family fun and thrill adventures for the whole family,” it says.


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