Investigation ongoing into theme park horror

Incident at Camelots Theme Park
Incident at Camelots Theme Park
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An investigation into how a 12-year-old boy plunged 30ft from a ride at a Chorley theme park is ongoing.

Camelot Theme Park, near Charnock Richard, was at the centre of a horrific accident four weeks ago when a boy fell from the white-knuckle Excalibur II ride.

The ride remained closed after the incident, which left the boy with head and hip injuries and needing hospital treatment.

The King-Arthur themed park has now shut for the winter season. Excalibur II sees revellers spun around on a rotating arm and is described on the park’s website as being for ‘true adrenaline junkies’.

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive, who are carrying out the investigation, said they are still gathering statements from witnesses of the near-tragedy.

The spokesperson said: “There is an ongoing investigation into the incident at Camelot Theme Park on 23 August where a child was injured in a fall from the Excalibur II ride.

“This includes examining the ride and taking witness statements. In the meantime, we have issued a prohibition notice preventing the ride from operating.”

A spokesperson for Camelot Theme Park said: “The Health and Safety Executive inquiry is ongoing. As we expected, it will be some time before the results are known. We cannot provide any more information at this stage. Camelot is now closed for the winter season and will re-open in time for next year’s Easter holidays.”