According to reports, a malfunction at a wave pool in China caused a freak wave to injure 44 people.
The accident occurred at the Shuiyun Water Park in Jilin Province, in north-eastern China. It’s a part of something called the Yulong Bay Scenic Area, which opened in 2015. Also included in the park is a glass-bottom bridge, a theme park, and horseback riding tours.
The park’s official statement is at odds with the tally of injuries being reported. “It was caused by a mechanical fault,” said a park official. “Only around 10 people were injured. “The wave pool was closed for a day for repairs. It’s already been fixed and will be open tomorrow.”
According to the South China Morning Post, five people were sent to the hospital for a variety of injuries, included fractured ribs.
“According to the initial stages of the investigation,” Longjing city government wrote in a notice on Tuesday, “the incident was caused by 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.”