Zip wire tragedy - boy named

Police and Ambulance at the greenwood centre
Police and Ambulance at the greenwood centre
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A POLICE investigation has been launched after an 11-year-old Blackpool boy was killed after plunging from a 30ft zip wire at an adventure park in Wales.

The youngster, named as 11-year-old Bailey Sumner from Grange Park, , was on a day trip at the Greenwood Forest Park in Snowdonia, North Wales, when the horror fall took place.

He was airlifted to hospital in Bangor shortly afterwards, suffering from serious head injuries, but died a short time later.

The park was closed yesterday as a mark of respect to the family but is expected to reopen today.

The boy fell from the park’s newest ride, the SwampFlyer – a 145 metre-long zip wire which crosses through tree tops.

It is the longest zip wire in Wales and only opened on April 18.

Park operations manager Steve Williams said staff were devastated by the tragedy and the park was closed immediately after the boy fell, at around 4.40pm on Sunday.

He added: “The Health and Safety Executive have been informed and will carry out their own formal investigation.”

He added: “The safety kit was examined at 10am in line with our normal safety procedures.”

Mr Williams said the boy had been visiting with his family.

One park-goer said: “We were just getting ready to leave the park when there was some loud shouting and people started running towards the ride.

“By the time we were leaving the car park the first emergency vehicles were arriving.”

Park owner Stephen Bristow said all the proceeds from today would be donated to the Welsh Air Ambulance.

He added that the ride would be closed “for the foreseeable future” until investigations conclude.

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