A boy is expelled from an amusement park and loses a lung
A ride at an amusement park has taken a tragic turn and left a teenager fighting for his life.
Footage captured the horrific moment Mark Fajardo, 13, was violently thrown from a fairground ride into a steel barrier, causing him to lose a lung.
The freak accident happened on November 1st. Fajardo and other youngsters were celebrating Halloween at an amusement park in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan Province, Philippines, Viral Press reported.
Fajardo went on a “wave swinger” attraction, a carousel-like contraption in which riders are swung in a circle while suspended from ropes. Unfortunately, the boy’s ride reportedly went wrong after one of his seat’s broken latches opened, causing him to fly out of his harness.
In the biting footage, the wave swinger whips visitors like a whirling dervish as they squeal with delight. However, their cries of joy quickly turn to screams of terror as Fajardo is thrown out of his seat and into a set of steel grates like a medieval catapult.
Fearing the worst, quick-witted bystanders rushed the unconscious teenager to hospital. While Fajardo survived the crash, he had to have one of his lungs removed due to the injuries he sustained from the impact.
“The doctors told me that he had to be careful because he only has one lung left,” lamented Marivic, the boy’s mother, who fears that the operators will “invent stories” to cover their tracks.
“They blame my son, saying he took the lock away,” she said. “Why would he do that when the ride was going so fast?”
Authorities have since launched an investigation into the attraction, which has been temporarily closed pending the investigation. “Our problem now is to see if anyone is monitoring or checking the rides before they are used,” said Major General Ria Tacderan, a public information officer with Pangasinan Police.
Investigators found the ride was operating legally with a permit, which could be revoked if the operators are found guilty of safety violations.
In a larger-scale fairground fiasco in September, several people were injured after a carnival ride plummeted 50ft at an amusement park in India.