A 10-year-old boy was thrown from a waterslide on opening day of a $43million water park in California.
‘The Wave’ water park opened in Dublin, California, Saturday but within 90 minutes, the Emerald Plunge was closed.
The 10-year-old boy was flung off the track of the three-story slide onto concrete, just after noon, according to East Bay Times.
The boy then skidded several feet on the concrete, giving him scratches on his back.
He was not seriously injured and quickly stood up, but one witness said he was visibly shaken.
‘I was standing there, he seemed to be shook, but seemed to be okay. Came right up and immediately went into the First Aid room and was assessed by staff,’ Dublin Assistant City Manager Linda Smith told ABC 7.
The boy’s parents were also present, according to Smith.
Police and fire officials were not called to the scene because his parents declined. They took him to the hospital themselves, and has since been released, according to ABC 7.
The Emerald Plunge and the ‘Dublin Screamer’ slide beside it were closed for the rest of the day.
A spokeswoman said the city-owned park is ‘reevaluating that slide’, according to Mercury News.
The manufacturing company went to the part to assess the slide, which Smith told the Mercury News had been tested ‘scores of times’.
The park received a permit to run the slide, which drops at an 80-degree angle, on Friday.
Park officials said they followed the manufacturer’s guidelines including height requirements, according to KTVU.
Riders are supposed to cross their arms and legs when going down the slide, but the boy’s legs were apart, KRON reported.
The park’s other four slides remained open for the rest of the day. The 31,000-square-foot park also has three pools, a water playground and an outdoor performing arts center.
The incident in Dublin comes almost one year after a 10-year-old boy was decapitated when he was thrown out of a waterslide’s raft and into the safety netting.
Caleb Thomas Schwab was killed on August 7, 2016 on the 168-foot-tall Verruckt ride in the Kansas water park, Schlitterbahn.
The waterslide had reportedly never been inspected by the state since it opened two years previously.
There are no federal inspection laws for waterparks in the U.S., and inspections are handled on a state-by-state basis. State inspectors reportedly last checked the waterpark in 2012, well before the Verruckt opened in 2014.