WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A ‘freak’ tsunami wave injured 44 tourists at a waterpark in China on Tuesday, according to The South China Morning Post.
- The incident was captured on a video that shows hundreds of people at the Yulong Shuiyun Water Park when a huge surge of water built up at the back of the pool and crashed down on the people inside the wave pool.
- The freak accident was caused by “a power cut that damaged electronic equipment in the tsunami pool control room,” according to city officials.
On Tuesday, dozens of tourists were injured at a waterpark in China when a “tsunami pool” malfunctioned, causing a massive wave crashing down on swimmers, according to local media reports.
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Tourists who were enjoying the wave pool at Yulong Shuiyun Water Amusement Park in Longjing got more than they bargained for when a technical malfunction caused by damaged electronic equipment sent a tsunami-like wave to unsuspecting swimmers.
A video of the incident was posted on social media and has already become viral.
The video shows the wave appeared to immediately pick up height and speed and carried swimmers in inner tubes across the pool, causing them to crash into other bathers. The wave was so big it even flooded surrounding areas and knocking over bystanders outside the pool.
The South China Morning Post reported that the mishap left 44 people injured and at least five people were hospitalized for injuries including fractured ribs.
Though rumors started circulating that the wave pool operator was responsible for the accident, the local government attributed it to “a power cut that damaged electronic equipment in the tsunami pool control room, which led to the waves in the tsunami pool becoming too big and injuring people,” the Morning Post wrote.
The park closed down the wave pool and an investigation is underway.
In the U.S., tourists also experience water-park injuries. Though no federal figures exist, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that approximately 4,200 people visited emergency rooms every year for water-slide-related injuries including scrapes, broken bones and concussions, the Associated Press reported.