A teenager has tragically died after an accident before an amusement park opened.
According to reports from The Sun, a group of six teenagers broke into an amusement park the day before it opened earlier this month.
A 14-year-old boy allegedly attempted to climb the “Body Count” attraction at a Forrest amusement park. Even after the teenager’s friends begged him to come down, he kept climbing. The teenager lost his footing and dove to his death.
According to reports from Metro, the boy got stuck between amusement ride equipment, but the exact circumstances of the tragedy have not been announced. Although responders attempted to provide treatment, the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Kent Police spokesman said: ‘No suspicious circumstances have been reported and the health and safety manager has been informed.
Forrest Amusement issued a statement following the incident:
“We are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic incident which took place this morning (Wednesday 3rd August) at one of our funfairs in Pencester Gardens, Dover. Kent Police have confirmed that the death was not considered suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.The health and safety officer attended the scene with emergency services.
Forrest Amusements was established in 1889 and is based in Dartford and Herne Bay Kent. The company is Kent’s largest funfair amusement provider. The company covers the South East region traveling our fairgrounds at many Kent carnivals and regattas and local events throughout the summer season. Forrest Amusements is a member of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain.
This is not the first tragic death at an amusement park this year. In the past few months alone, 14-year-old Tire Sampson has died after falling from the Orlando FreeFall attraction at ICON Park. Sampson’s family has since filed a negligence lawsuit and many protesters have called for the ride to be demolished. Florida lawmakers are seeking to crack down on amusement parks by providing more rules and guidelines for training and inspections.
Additionally, a 14-year-old girl died after a roller coaster derailed in Germany just a few weeks ago.
Inside the Magic will continue to update this tragic investigation.