Drayton Manor Park - Splash Canyon Incident

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  1. pluk

    pluk TowersStreet Member

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    Pretty certain this isn't right at all.

    The boat the injured boy was in struck a rock which was placed central in the channel prior to the tunnel. This catapulted him out, striking that rock and severing his ear. The rock was removed prior to reopening. The boat never capsized and I don't think I've ever heard anyone say another boat was involved, although I don't know that for sure.

    The speed of the turntable will always create a natural gap between the boats as they accelerate away once they free from it. The chances of them being near each other that early in the ride are minimal as it is all fast flowing until after the caves. If boats being near each other were that dangerous the design of the rest of the ride would be amended to prevent it, but it wasn't and they do collide safely even with the spacing on the conveyor. I believe the spacer was always there. Thunder River was from from being the first of its type, spacing the boats to allow easy boarding and constant flow was well established in the type before this installation.
     
  2. Themeparksandy1981

    Themeparksandy1981 TowersStreet Member

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    Does anyone on remember when troublemakers hit Alton Towers and they were messing around in the water of Battle Galleons holding onto the shark as it went round. They were also in the rapids water. There was a video on YouTube but can’t find it now.
    Well the park get a chance to defend itself next week?
     
  3. IanSR

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    LOL if only there was a link between increased warnings and monitoring and a persistent increase in people not using common sense....
     
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    That's not what I said though. If you had literally no warnings or signs whatsoever, which is the scenario I was describing (no CCTV, and no signage), then you are going to have darwin award types of people who exploit the lack of warnings as they can't compute the danger without it being told to them. This is Britain, where you get a bunch of idiots roping up a tesco trolley to a car and doing donuts at night, or putting fireworks up their backsides and setting them off for the 'laughs' (ok a warning probably isn't going to make a difference there but the general point stands that some people are just dumb). If it was me and you, different story. But I don't think we can give complete responsibility to some types of people in this country and expect them to live particularly long lives. We need some form of warning. I'd argue the signs on the ride are perfectly fine in my personal opinion.

    Don't get me wrong, I agree with your general point, which is why I noted that it's stupid for the H&S executive to say that the signs needed to SPECIFY that you might die if you fall out (derp), and the idea that there 'weren't enough signs' is stupid also, if that point is even being made. So long as the message is there and delivered, that's what matters.
    The most important point is that the operator should of noticed the behavior given it happened across the whole course, and not just at the hot spot at the end.
     
  5. Themeparksandy1981

    Themeparksandy1981 TowersStreet Member

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    I wonder if she had come out near the start. How easy would it have been to get from the ride platform to the area round the tunnel?
    Can you easily get all around the ride within mins of her falling in.
    I think if it had happened straight away the park would have got off more lightly but cause it was near the platform makes it worst.
     
  6. Rick

    Rick TowersStreet Member

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    Been scanning some bits and pieces in tonight, the Alton guide from 1987 shows a lad stood up on the rapids. I imagine that would not have been done for a long time prior to the Drayton accident and never since.

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  7. Ciaran

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    It seems that the cause of death could be labelled as 'death by misadventure'.
     
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    As someone who has sat in on several coroner's hearings I'm willing to bet on a verdict of death by misadventure on this however HSE will still prosecute despite this due to the safety failings by Drayton
     
  9. KolonelKlink

    KolonelKlink TowersStreet Member

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    Verdict of accidental death.
     
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  10. Themepark-newbie

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    Always likely to be the case. Inquest now over... The HSE prosecution begins.

    I have no idea on timescales for this, but assume it will follow quite quickly.
     
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    Could take another couple of years.
    Flour mill explosion down the road has only just come to court after four years.
     
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  12. Themepark-newbie

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    I think for all involved that would be a real shame. Neither Drayton nor the family can move on until this is tied up.

    From Drayton's point of view, it has been mentioned by numerous people that they are holding off all investment until the size of fine is known
     
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    Thanks for clarifying. Yes I remember the Thorpe Park Rapids boats capsizing being reported in the news back then resulting in a boy losing his ear. I was going to post this, but I couldn't find any clarification on the net apart from that the boy fell out.
     
  14. GaryH

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    So, accidental death.... Does this mean alton will turn the waterfalls back on next year I wonder
     
  15. Doublethink

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    I doubt we will see any effects on the UK water rides now since the people in the raft trying to get eachother wet or standing to avoid getting wet was a direct cause of this incident.
     
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    Only a matter of time before all water rides are banned.
     
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    I doubt that will be the case however I think there will be a transition to rides with lap bars like Aquacoasters and Shoot the shoot flumes which reduce the probability of people being unpredictable idiots
     
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    They might as well completely drain the rapids of water and just simply add castor wheels to the bottom of those dingy's and run the ride completely dry
     
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  19. Themeparksandy1981

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    Well the family of Evha has given a statement. They blame the park for not keeping a eye on visitors on the CCTV and for not having safety items and training. They also blame the school for not travelling with the girls on the ride.
    The Park have confirmed that the ride will be reopening but not to everything that needs to be put into place on the HSE form and they are happy for the ride to reopen.
     
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    To some extent I'm glad that it's reopening, but on the other hand I kind of just want it to be torn up at this stage. I just don't see the point in having rapids rides in the UK any more after all of this.
     

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