http://m.nbc12.com/nbc12/db_330650/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=FrdOrNYIOn Tuesday July 4, around 2:00 pm, we received a report of a guest injury on the Tornado, a ride in the Soak City water park. Lifeguards who were at their posted positions in the water at the ride, as well as park medical staff, immediately responded. The guest was transported to the hospital. The safety of our guests and staff is always our number one priority and the ride remains closed at this time while park officials conduct an investigation.
According to a Facebook post by the victim's husband, they were riding on the Tornado when the tube, "flipped on us, she hit her head, knocked her out and she almost drowned."
The husband claims the life guards on duty did not respond when they reached the pool area, and she was "still under water" when he reached her to hold her head out of the water.
The victim was transported to VCU Medical Center.
The park says there were three life guards in the pool area of the ride when the accident happened. The ride was closed as part of protocol.
Kelly Avellino is getting more information on this story for NBC12 News at 5.
Not if there was bad weight distribution on the raft if one side was significantly heavier then the other it could flip fairly easily.Washingtonian said:There is a ride just like this at Six Flags in Largo. I find it hard to believe the raft could just flip, there is too much weight with people on the raft to begin with as well as the raft weight itself.
I want to point out that to be fair that its well documented that people's perception is altered in high stress incidents. It interly possible that his version is how he saw it and that he us altering because the witness statements and other facts don't back it up and that be doesn't want to be seen as lier.Mushroom said:This incident appears to be a very big deal. The story has now been featured in national news, including People magazine and CBS News.
The woman was seriously injured, with a broken collar bone, fractured shoulder, broken toe, and concussion, and has since received several staples in her head.
While it would not be fair for me to speculate on whether the victim and her husband were behaving properly on the ride, I should point out that the husband's story keeps changing and grows more and more suspicious. He claims to have talked to lifeguards about flipping the raft before the ride began, exaggerates the depth and size of the shallow splash pool at the end, and alleges that no lifeguards or medics came to his wife's aid - even though the park and several eye witnesses confirmed that lifeguards and medics responded immediately.