WATCH ABOVE: Boy launched off water slide at California park
Officials say a 10-year-old boy suffered scrapes and bruises after flying off a three-storey slide during opening day for a Northern California water park.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the child was going down the Emerald Plunge at The Wave Park in Dublin Saturday when he suddenly fell out at the bottom of the slide. He landed on concrete.
“When he hit what we call the run-out area he got on top of the water, kind of slid out across the edge a bit,” assistant city manager Linda Smith told KPIX. “He was definitely shaken up by that experience.”
Smith says the boy was taken to a first aid tent. His parents then chose to take him to a hospital for an examination as a precaution. Emergency responders were not called.
The Emerald Plunge was immediately closed. A similarly steep slide, the Dublin Screamer, was also shut out of an abundance of caution during an investigation.
According to reports, the slide is common in water parks around the world.
“This is not a custom slide made for the city of Dublin,” Smith confirmed. “This is sort of an off-the-shelf slide.”
The $43-million park, which opened Saturday, has six water slides and several pools.