Safety reassurance after Center Parcs water slide rescue

Woburn Forest village, Center Parcs.
Woburn Forest village, Center Parcs.

Holiday resort Center Parcs has reassured that its water slide ride is safe after a shocking video emerged of a girl semi-conscious after hitting her head in the flume.

Teenager Rea Smith had to be rescued from the water by lifeguards at Woburn Forest after she fell from a rubber ring while whizzing down the park’s raft ride.

The dramatic scenes were captured on her brother’s GoPro camera, which he later published on the internet.

It shows the bikini-clad young woman falling from a giant four person rubber ring as they travel down the water slide.

Worried brother Matt is seen holding his sister’s hand as she moans while semi-conscious.

Lifeguards at the resort, who were later praised by Matt, quickly got Rea onto a spinal board and she was taken to hospital.

The type of water slide that is on offer at Center Parcs.

The type of water slide that is on offer at Center Parcs.

Thankfully she only suffered bruises from her fall.

A spokesman for Center Parcs said: “We are aware of this incident which involved a guest losing her grip on our raft ride at Woburn Forest. 
“When the accident occurred, the lifeguard team acted quickly and used a spinal board as a precautionary measure.

“Our medical team checked her over and sent her to hospital who confirmed the injury was a bruised spine. We followed up with the guest and her family soon after and were pleased to hear she was OK.”

The spokesman would not say whether a safety review was carried out following the incident but said: “This was an unfortunate accident and we are entirely confident with the safety of the ride.

“Riders on this flume are instructed to hold on tight and sit upright at all times during the ride, both via signage and verbal instruction from the lifeguard at top.

“The flume was routinely safety checked before opening that morning and was operating as normal.”