Monday, April 25, 2011

Boy, 11, plunges to his death from 30ft-high zip-wire ride that had only been open a week - 25th Apr 2011

The adventure park where a boy of 11 died after falling from a 30ft high ‘zip-wire’ ride closed its doors today 'as a mark of respect' to the child's family.

The Easter Sunday tragedy happened as the boy was on an attraction called the SwampFlyer at Greenwood Forest Park in Snowdonia which had only been open for a week.

Visitors launch themselves off a cliff in a harness and travel at high speed on a cable over treetops and a swamp before finishing on the other side of a wooded valley almost 500ft away.

The ride, which spans the entire wooded valley in which the park lies, was described by one of the first participants to use it as ‘terrifying’. At its highest point the zip-wire is 30ft off the ground.

The boy, who was on holiday with his family, was severely injured after apparently falling from the ride part of the way across.

He was taken to hospital by air ambulance but was later pronounced dead.

Police and the Health and Safety Executive have now launched a joint investigation into the tragedy, which came as hundreds of families were enjoying the sunny weather at the popular theme park.

A spokesman for the theme park said: 'We have closed as a mark of respect to the boy's family.'

The park is expected to reopen tomorrow. Read More