It has been a nightmare few years for the owners of Dreamworld themepark in Gold Coast. In the most recent incident, the family of a young girl severely injured on one of the rides, is considering taking legal action against the company’s water park.
Dreamworld is still recovering from the tragic accident on the Thunder River Rapids Ride in 2016. And now parent company Ardent Leisure is staring down yet another legal battle after an 8-year-old girl suffered a traumatic injury to her genital area after sliding down the Fully6 waterslide at WhiteWater World on 22 November.
According to The Courier Mail, the Logan family is contemplating legal action, saying that there was no staff around in the water park when the accident happened.
The family shared that the girl came off the slide at the end covered in blood and in tears.
“She’s crying, in pain, bleeding everywhere. They didn’t take it seriously,” the girls’ mum said.
“The blood was just pouring out of her … she was crying ‘Mum, am I gonna die?'”
The mother claimed there was no theme park staff around to help except for a young man who directed her towards the first-aid room.
Eventually an ambulance was summoned and the girl taken to hospital. She was diagnosed as suffering from a severe vaginal tear and would need to recover for at least eight weeks.
It is understood that the pressure and force of the water caused the injury.
Shine Lawyers have spoken to Newscorp saying that the extent of the girl’s injuries is unacceptable and that she had followed the instructions for the ride. They also said that the delayed response of the WhiteWater World team caused much distress.
Not Everyone Agrees
However, some people are saying that the safety control is excellent in the themepark. One of the comments on a post on the Courier Mail Facebook post read:
“Went there 3 times last week and all the staff were wonderful with all there safety checks and instructions. And the life savers on duty were on top of every little thing blowing their whistles at everyone. I actually thought it was over the top but safety first.”
A WhiteWater World spokesperson said the theme park “acknowledges the injury sustained by the guest in question”.
“It can be confirmed that the guest met all manufacturer requirements for the attraction and was given detailed and repeated instructions on how to position herself for the slide, including a physical demonstration by a slide operator,” the water park said.
Ardent Leisure, the parent company of Dreamworld and Whitewater World, was fined $3.6 million over the deaths of four people on the Thunder River Rapids Ride in 2016.
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