A ride at the Sydney Royal Easter Show has been shut down after a photo emerged of a child “unrestrained” on the ‘Free Fall’ ride.
On Sunday, a photo was taken by a bystander and put on social media of a group of children on the “thrill seeker” ride.
They all appeared to be secured by a harness, except for a four-year-old boy sitting on the right side of the ride.
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His harness appeared to be in the air and was not restraining him.
The boy’s mother said the ride was about to be launched before onlookers yelled to alert staff of the danger.
“The (operator) girl stopped the ride but didn’t get out of her booth so another father ended up getting him to climb down to him,” Sky Boustani Curtis told the Daily Telegraph.
“Myself and my husband were not tall enough to reach him.
“It’s hard to tell how he is doing as he has autism.
“He’s 4yrs old. They just didn’t pull his harness down didn’t check him. “
Another witness said operators were unaware the child was unrestrained in the moments before the ride was to be launched.
“They hit an emergency stop but it seems like the operator couldn’t bring the ride down and the (someone) actually had to come up there and have his son jump into his arms,” Eva Levy told the Daily Telegraph.
“The operator had no idea the child was not secured.
“Onlookers had to scream for the ride to be stopped.”
Late on Sunday, a spokesperson for the Sydney Royal Easter Show issued a statement saying the ride will be closed indefinitely.
“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, ”it read.
“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.”
On the Sydney Royal Easter Show website, the ‘Free Fall’ ride is described as “ideal for the young thrill seeker” and children taller then 110cms can ride without an adult.
“[It is] a controlled drop that stimulates the fear of falling – with a gentle stop bringing them safely back to earth, ”the description reads.
Movie World incident
The incident comes barely a week after carousel rides across Queensland were temporarily closed following an injury to a young boy at Movie World.
The 12-year-old boy received a deep laceration to the back of his head while on the Looney Tunes Carousel on the Gold Coast last Tuesday.
“The patient was at the side of the amusement ride, he’d been tended to by one of the (registered nurses) on scene, so he had a good first aid given before we arrived,” Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor William Houghton said. reporters.
“The scene was very calm … everyone seemed really helpful.”
“The guest received a laceration to his head and was attended to by Movie World’s Nurse before being taken to hospital in a stable condition,” a Village Roadshow Theme Parks spokesperson said.
“We pride ourselves on our standards of care and quality, and an investigation is being conducted as a matter of priority into the exact cause of the incident.
“In an abundance of caution, the ride has been closed while we understand how the incident occurred.”
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And just a week before the incident at Movie World, a 14-year-old US boy died after falling from a 130-meter drop tower amusement park ride that had recently opened.
Tire Sampson, 14, of St. Louis, Missouri, fell from the FreeFall ride in Orlando.
The ride is described by its operators as the world’s tallest freestanding drop tower, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
In video circulating on social media that purportedly shows the incident, a person falls from their seat about five seconds into the ride’s drop down the tower, as the vehicle decelerates before it reaches the ground.
It shows a body flying out of the ride before landing on the ground.
In audio of calls to emergency services, obtained by The Sunthe caller claims the ride’s staff “didn’t secure the seatbelt on him”.
“I don’t know from where he fell,” the caller said.
“They (ICON park staff) didn’t secure the seatbelt on him.”
Sampson’s father, Yarnell Sampson, told US media that his son knew something was wrong the moment the ride began.
“When the ride took off, that’s when he was feeling uncomfortable. He was like ‘this thing is moving,’ you know what I’m saying. And he was like ‘what’s going on?’ ”Yarnell Sampson told WOFL-TV.
He said his son started to panic before delivering a message to his two best friends, sitting next to him on the ride.
“That’s when he started freaking out,” Mr Sampson said.
“And he was explaining to his friends, next to him,‘ I don’t know man, if I don’t make it down, safely, can you please tell my mamma and daddy that I love them.
“For him to say something like that, he must have felt something.”
Tire was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries, the sheriff’s office said.
Details about what led to the fall were not immediately released.
Sheriff’s investigators will determine whether the incident was an accident or intentional, and from an initial investigation, “it appears to be a terrible tragedy,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said.