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The Sydney Royal Easter Show has launched an investigation after a concerning photo appeared to show an unrestrained child on a ride.

The ‘Free Fall’ ride has been shut down, after the a viral Facebook post revealed the worrying incident, which shows the boy seated on the ride and his safety harness still in the air.

“Be careful parents! Sydney Royal Easter Show today,” wrote Eva Grace in her photo caption. “The bar was never put down and she started the ride with no notice or checks. Make sure you’re watching the way they strap your child into a ride because clearly some of these operators are not doing their job and duty of care! Shameful no excuses!”

She said patrons had to scream for the operator to stop the ride.

In response, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW released a statement saying, “The safety of patrons at the Show is paramount and we have shut down the kids’ Free Fall ride following a reported issue with a harness.

“The safety systems of the ride functioned well to prevent any injury occurring and the ride will not operate again until a full investigation has been completed and the ride has been approved by specialist engineers.”

Two weeks ago a 14-year-old boy died after falling from a similar ride at a theme park in Florida.

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  • Absolutely terrifying. I worry about letting Master 7 on any rides by himself for this very reason.
    I still get in the bumper cars with him because I want to be able to put my arm around him for cushioning!

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  • Seeing this has given my kids quite a fright.

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  • Was it operator error for not locking it in place or was it a problem with the safety catch that holds it in place I wonder. Either way it was still a dangerous situation and I’m glad the ride was stopped before a disaster happened. What is wrong with the good old seat belt? Maybe close down all dangerous rides aimed at the younger children.

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  • Maybe all these dangerous rides should be banned for good

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  • It just seems like there’s more to the story, would love the parents input

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  • Oh how on earth did this happen scary as

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  • So very frightening for this family.

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  • OMG! How does this happen. I thought the ride attendant went along and checked or locked everyone in.

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  • I have so many questions about this whole situation. I really feel for the parents, can’t imagine how stressful it would have been trying to get the boys down!

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  • Omg how scary for that little boy, glad he wasn’t seriously hurt.

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  • I thought all restraints/harnesses were suppose to be locked before the ride could operate? I’ve seen operators close empty seats before starting a ride.
    I’m glad someone noticed before it was too late


    • Yes I thought so too. These aren’t things to be forgetful or make mistakes with.

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  • How horrifying! I hope they investigate the person running it. I know we can all be forgetful/have a bad day from time to time, but not when other people’s lives are on the line!
    So glad it turned out to have a happy ending.
    Sad to read about the child in Florida


    • Very sad indeed. And what ever investigations are done, it doesn’t bring this boy back.

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  • Could have been much worse, thankfully it wasn’t.

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  • So scary. Clearly someone wasn’t doing their job and checking that everyone was strapped in properly.

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  • It seems that once a ride has been used for a while with no problems, then complacency filters in and all the checks and balances are done carelessly if at all. With this sort of ride, I thought that all the harnesses had to be down and locked before the ride could start. Something went horribly wrong here – and thank heavens there wasn’t an accident due to the parents and others in the crowd actions.

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