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Massive Water Park Ride Shuts Down After Woman Gets Severely Injured, Nearly Dies

Summer is in full swing, and that leads to thoughts of fun in the sun with family and friends. Amusement parks are typically a really popular choice to help make that happen. If you add in some water rides on a particularly hot day, thrill-seekers will typically not have to be asked twice. Of course, with any type of ride comes at least a little bit of risk, and we have our latest example of that courtesy of a scary incident that took place at the Kings Dominion water park in Virginia.

As the Daily Mail shares, Christina Orebaugh was at the park with her husband, Steve, and the couple decided to tackle the 65-foot high attraction known as the Tornado. The ride requires the use of a tube, but that wasn’t enough to protect the couple from danger. The tube that the couple was in flipped, and Christina was soon in peril.

Steve says that his wife was immediately knocked unconscious. He says that his wife was close to drowning, but he managed to get her head above water as he was yelling for help. As he explains it, the staff at the park wasn’t of much help while the couple was flailing about. At some point, the seriousness of the situation sunk in, and the woman was rushed to VCU Medical Center.

“She is in a lot of pain but she wants to thank everyone for all the thoughts and prayers. Fingers crossed we can go home today,” he shared on social media.

Steve says that his wife suffered a broken collarbone, a fractured shoulder and a broken toe, and that she had to get staples to close up a wound on her head. That makes it sound incredibly curious that the staff was just standing around if she was so injured, but Kings Dominion has released a statement that paints a vastly different picture.

“Five aquatics personnel and four safety and security personnel responded. The first lifeguard was already in the water so the response was immediate. Within six seconds three lifeguards were in the water with the guest,” the statement read in part. “The safety of our guests and staff is always our number one priority and the ride remains closed at this time while park officials conduct an investigation.”

Chances are we haven’t heard the last of this one, and it wouldn’t be stunning to see attorneys getting involved. As such, we can expect a complete investigation to commence to figure out exactly what happened here. Was there some trouble with the ride that caused the couple’s tube to flip? Was the couple not following recommended safety procedures?

We’ll have to wait and see what the answers to those two questions are, but the answers will point out exactly how much involvement there will be from attorneys. In the meantime, the Tornado has been shut down. For the rest of the thrill-seekers out there looking for an awesome way to have some fun, be sure to follow recommended safety protocols if a water park pops up on your list.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Steve Orebaugh/Facebook

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