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Boy airlifted to hospital following incident at Frome slip ‘n’ slide

A BOY was treated by air ambulance paramedics after suffering injuries at a Slip ‘n’ Slide attraction near Frome which recently welcomed Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey.

The youngster is believed to have been hurt on June 16, when his mother claimed his leg was ‘caught in a water suction pump’ at Ultimate Slip ‘n’ Slide, which has been set up at Beckington.

Ultimate Slip ‘n’ Slide received national attention when Lib Dem leader Sir Ed took on the attraction as part of an election stunt.

Now, the company has faced backlash on social media following the incident which left the youngster in hospital – but hit back at the criticism, calling it “incredible unfair and some parts untrue”.

The company has also suggested that the incident occurred because the boy was not following safety precautions.

Somerset Council is currently investigating the incident.

A post on social media about the incident from the family of the boy affected, who we have chosen not to name, said: “A massive thank you to all those that helped us at the slip n slide with the incident involving our son and the unguarded water suction pump on Sunday.

“We were so lucky he was able to keep his head above the water and shout for help and his foot wasn’t sucked into the mechanics.

“We are incredibly grateful for the doctor, who was already visiting the attraction and gave us her full support until the air ambulance arrived, which again, we are so thankful it arrived so quickly and gave him the best care.”

The post has since been removed.

However, in response, Ultimate Slip ‘n’ Slide posted a statement suggesting the child was not following safety precautions.

In a statement, they said: “We have rules and signs highlighting what everybody should and shouldn’t do in order to remain free from harm; sometimes these aren’t followed, and unfortunately, incidents occur.

“While the number of people who have used and enjoyed, without incident, your safety is apparent.

“Only when rules were not followed, as in this incident, has an injury resulted. This is extremely regrettable and has led us to consider further controls.

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“There are many things that have now been made public that we think are incredibly unfair and some parts untrue.

“We would like to make it clear that the incident happened after he exited the slide and not while sliding.

“Please be reassured that the slide is completely safe when we all follow the rules.

“We have done everything we can to contact the parents with limited details; we would dearly like them to get in touch with us so we can meet.”

Somerset Council say that they are investigating the incident, but as the business is only open at weekends staff have not been able to do any in-depth investigation.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance confirmed they transported the boy by air to the Royal United Hospital, Bath.

Your Somerset Leveller contacted the Health and Safety Executive, the family affected and Ultimate Slip ‘n’ Slide for further comment.

Read the full statement on the Ultimate Slip and Slide Facebook page.

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