Man injured at UK theme park seeking £250k payout


Man injured at UK theme park seeking £250k payoutStock photo: Rex

A man who was left badly injured after a UK theme park ride accident is seeking a £250,000 damages payout.

Mark Simpson, 51, from Leicester, was enjoying a day out with 16 members of his family at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire, when he was "catapulted" out of a water chute, according to the This is Leicestershire.

Mr Simpson suffered a broken left ankle, and an injured knee, shoulder and wrist; he also developed a clot on the lungs, and now says is injuries have left it harder for him to get a job.

The park has admitted it was to blame for the accident, which happened on 29 May 2011, but the case is now being taken to the High Court to decide on how money he should be paid.

According to a writ lodged with the court, Mr Simpson was enjoying a go on the water chute, which slides down a ramp and into a lake, where it floats until a rope stops it.

As the boat was being winched back to the ramp, it became caught on a steel walkway. Park staff reportedly told Mr Simpson to climb out of the boat, but as he was doing so, it allegedly "moved violently towards the ramp" and catapulted him into the air.

Mr Simpson claims the park failed to warn him of the dangers of getting out, and required him to get off when it was "unsafe".

Both parties declined to comment.

Theme parks might sound like fun, but they obviously aren't without their hazards. Back in August 2011, a 12-year-old boy with special needs needed hospital treatment after falling out of a 'white knuckle' ride at the Camelot Theme Park in Chorley, Lancashire.

In November, two girls spent two hours trapped upside down at the top of a 15 metre-high fairground attraction in southern China's Hunan Province before being rescued.

While, last summer, three tourists were killed at a carnival in Spain after a ride "broke away from the ground".

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