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Boy injured in fall at Theme Park

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A young boy was hurt in an incident at a theme park in Lancashire, sustaining serious injury.

The un-named 12 year old from Halifax fell from the Excalibur2 ride at the Camelot Theme Park. He was with his family enjoying a day trip at the park in Charnock Richard, near Chorley.  The ride, installed 10 years ago, swings passengers high into the air on a rotating centre and riders must have a minimum height of 1.4 meters.

An ambulance from the North West Service took the boy to Wigan Royal Infirmary after attending the incident which occurred around 1.15 on Wednesday 23/08/11.  The boy’s injuries are serious but not life-threatening and a statement from the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust confirmed his condition as stable and comfortable.

Shortly after the incident, Roy Page informed reporters that the extent of the injuries was not known and said everyone’s thoughts were with the boy and his family. Mr Page is the Chief Executive of Knights Leisure Ltd who operate the Camelot Theme Park.  He declined to add any further comment citing it as inappropriate until more information was known about the fall and how it happened.

As well as there being an internal inquiry at the park, the Health and Safety Executive have been informed.
The recession and competition from nearby venues, such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach, has seen reducing visitor numbers at Camelot Theme Park.