10-year-old boy thrown from waterslide
HORRIFIC images show a 10-year-old boy being hurled across concrete after flying off a three-storey slide at the opening of a new water park in the US.
In the images, the boy shoots out of the Emerald Plunge slide at The Wave water park in Dublin, California, which had been open for just 90 minutes before he being flung over the edge of the slide on his back.
He then skidded along the concrete for metres as other park patrons watched in horror.
According to the East Bay Times, the boy was "shaken up" after receiving scratched shoulder but was otherwise unharmed.
The park closed the Emerald Plunge ride after the incident, which was captured by a photographer attending its grand opening.
Emerald Plunge drops its riders at an 80 degree angle before it flattens out at the bottom. A description on the park's website says "a severe drop induces thrills in this open air ride.
"Prepare for a rush as you drop three stories at an 80 degree slope."
According to The Mirror, spokeswoman Shari Jackman said they are "re-evaluating that slide".
Emergency services were not called after the boy was assisted by a lifeguard.
The Mirror reported Dublin Assistant City Manager Linda Smith witnessed the incident and said: "He got up immediately and as any boy would be, he was stunned.