In Dublin, California, what should have been a joyful day was turned into horror when a 10-year old boy was launched from the base of a three-story water slide on the opening day of California’s water park.
The boy was at The Wave Water Park and decided he wanted to try sliding down “The Emerald Plunge.” No one could have anticipated what would happen next.
As he went down the slide, something went very wrong, which resulted in the boy flying off from the ride.
He was treated for scratches at the scene of the accident and it was determined that he did not require an ambulance.
The three story ride as well as a similar ride right next to it are closed down so that staff can measure the water pressure in the park.
Although it is unclear as to what actually caused the boy to go flying, there is a good chance that a rush of water caused a large way that took him over the edge, where he got scraped up on the cement.
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While some parkgoers were disturbed by the incident, others told KRON they will ride the Emerald Plunge once it reopens, and others speculated the boy’s legs were open, instead of closed, as ride rules require. Emerald riders must be at least 48 inches tall, but there are no weight requirements — a rule Rodems says will be re-examined. “You want everything to go perfect but it’s an aquatics park. Pools are the highest risk functions that we use as a municipality,” Rodems said.