44 swimmers injured in Chinese wave pool

August 2, 2019 | Surfing
Yulong Shuiyun Water Amusement Park: a system malfunction triggered a tsunami-like wave in the pool

Forty-four people were injured in a water park in northeast China after a bigger-than-expected wave swept hundreds of swimmers.

The incident occurred at Yulong Shuiyun Water Amusement Park, in Longjing, Jilin province, near the country's border with North Korea.

According to the local authorities, the freak wave was caused by a power cut that damaged the electronic equipment that controls the wave pool.

The system produced a wave larger than it was supposed to, which crashed violently over dozens of unsuspecting swimmers, including children.

Several visitors ended up landing on the concrete pavement, outside the pool; others were simply thrown into the air and slammed against each other.

No Casualties

As a result, several people were taken to the hospital for injuries, including foot fractures and broken ribs.

The tsunami-like wave caught swimmers off-guard, as they were enjoying their time in the water riding inflatable rings, float tubes, and other pool toys.

The moment was captured on camera, and the video spread quickly over the internet alongside rumors that the wave machine operator could be drunk.

The Yulong Shuiyun Water Amusement Park opened in 2015. The region and the facility attract half a million tourists per year.

The artificial wave pool closed temporarily for maintenance and repairs but, according to local sources, it is already open for business.

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