Tourists in China were attacked by a tsunami like wave that resulted in many injured and others hospitalized.
Accidents in parks are not unheard off, however, this incident that occurred in a water park in China was an unexpected disaster. Dozens of people who were enjoying their time at the wave pool in the city of Longjing, a place that borders North Korea was struck by a tide that came out of nowhere.
According to the South China Morning Post, about forty-five tourists who were enjoying a good time at the Yulong Shuiyun Water Amusement Park in Longjing were injured by a big tidal wave. The pool saw the rise of a sudden tsunami-like wave that scared the swimmers in the tranquil waters. The video clip released by a news outlet shows the crowd including children and adults screaming in the fear as they were attacked by the massive tide. The wave threw swimmers on rafts and resulted in them toppling on to each other. Others who were frightened tried to escape by swimming. The tsunami-like wave even flooded the surrounding areas and knocked down people around.
The park is considered the largest of its kind in the region and is a popular destination with other attractions. The media outlet reported that about five people were admitted in the hospital due to fractured ribs and other serious injuries. However, their conditions are stable according to the notice released by the Longjing city government on 30 July 2019.
Another accident that killed 2 people and injured 12 people was reported in May from another theme park in Sichuan province in southwest China.
Imagine being packed like sardines in a public wave pool & the wave guy gets drunk and decides to send a tsunami your way pic.twitter.com/OKDjTaGb8F— Tony Digs (@Digz) July 31, 2019
The notice released said that that the unexpected wave occurred due to a power cut. "According to the initial stages of the investigation, the incident was caused by a power cut that damaged electronic equipment in the tsunami pool control room, which led to the waves in the tsunami pool becoming too big and injuring people," said the notice. However, not everyone agrees to the notice.
"Online rumors say that a worker wrongly operated the controls, but in reality, it was a problem with the equipment," said an employee. Another worker said that an accidental breakdown in machinery was responsible for the accident.
A #WavePool Malfunction In #China China Created a Tsunami.— SURFSlab (@SURFSlab) July 31, 2019
The shocking footage shows the wall of water rising in size before crashing down onto the dozens of people in the pool.
Video here: https://t.co/8MuHwnm3nV pic.twitter.com/pyNPo6gEVs
The notice added that the park would remain closed until the investigation is complete. However, an employee told that the park was just closed for repairs and was open as usual. "The park closed for a day for repairs, but the investigation is over and the park will open as usual tomorrow," said the employee.