Boy, 10, Flies Off Waterslide at Opening Day of New Amusement Park
The Wave in California remains closed as the investigation continues.
Just 90 minutes after opening, a 10-year-old boy was thrown from a waterslide at a brand new California amusement park.
The park, called The Wave, cost an estimated $43 million to build and opened Saturday.
He hit the pavement with a thud then, astonishingly, the kid bounced back up. The boy will be fine but was seen rubbing his bruised back.
The youngster was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for scrapes.
The Wave remains closed as the investigation continues.
Child safety expert Alan Korn told Inside Edition what might have gone wrong.
“No ride should result in that type of accident,” he declared. “My gut tells me that something needs to be recalibrated about the ride. The rides are getting taller, they are getting faster. If the ride tosses him around, he is not going to keep his arms and legs crossed. If the attraction was designed properly, that would never happen.”
The accident is latest to plague the popular water park industry, which is about to see its peak summer season.
Last year, a 10-year-old boy lost his life on what was once world's tallest waterslide.
Caleb Schwab was decapitated after being ejected from his seat during the 168-foot drop on the ride in Kansas City called ""Verruckt,” which is German for the word "insane."
His family recently received a $20 million settlement. "Verruckt" was torn down shortly after the incident.
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