A ride at one of the UK's oldest amusement parks failed earlier this week, leaving two people injured in what has been described as a "crush."
The all-new 'Shipwrecked' ride at the Blackgang Chine amusement park in the Isle of Wight stopped suddenly with several people on board at 3 pm on Monday, August 8th.
The Island Echo reports that paramedics were called to the scene where two people were taken to hospital for leg injuries and shoulder pain.
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Eyewitnesses report having heard children scream as desperate onlookers climbed the ride to help those who were stuck.
Speaking to The Metro another eye-witness said her "family, which includes a three-year-old, were on the ride and it began to make an odd sound" before the ride "collapsed."
The park was temporarily shut following the incident but has since reopened. The Shipwrecked ride remains closed.
Commenting on the incident, a spokesperson for Vectis Ventures said: “Here at Blackgang Chine we experienced an incident with our Shipwrecked ride. Our team quickly responded to the incident and all guests were quickly and safely evacuated.
“The safe performance of our rides is key to what we do. We have stringent safety control procedures in place that we were able to instantly deploy”.Image Credit: Video still, Mark Beames, Twitter