This video might go some way to dissuading people to behave like that, as it shows the terrifying moment people where literally slammed to the floor when the ride they were on broke, the safety bars failing and half of the passengers being inadvertently ejected.
This happened over the weekend on the Pirates of the Caribbean-themed ‘Crazy Wave’ ride at a carnival in Lopburi, Thailand. The video is pretty shocking, and shows a number of angles as well as the aftermath.
Perhaps most bizarrely, the ride wasn’t faulty, but the locking systems weren’t checked thoroughly by the operator, Aki, who made a sincere apology after his carelessness put lives in danger.
“I was in charge at the control centre because my friend who also ran station went to the toilet and then had a break.
“I want to apologise to the people who were hurt and their family but I did not know much about the machine so I did not check anything before I started it.“
No point throwing your mate under the bus there, pal.
The good news is that no-one died as a result of Aki’s mistakes.
That’s not to say that there were no injuries though, with one boy thrown the furthest from the ride with quite visible lacerations to his head, while other people were slammed to the steel surface below, being piled on top one another.
The worst injury was a broken leg sustained by a young girl. At the time of writing, she has already left the hospital for treatment and is more or less fine.
I suspect most of these people will leave it some time until they brave a ride again though. Next time they’re at a fairground they’ll probably stick to the hook-a-duck and the snack stall.
Images via YouTube
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