Four people were injured on a ride at West Midland Safari Park after a boat capsized.

The incident happened on the Wild River Rafting ride shortly before 3pm yesterday (Sunday, September 6).

A spokesman for the tourist attraction said “excessive movement inside the boat” had caused it to overturn in shallow water.

One person was taken to hospital while another three were treated for minor injuries, Birmgham Live reports.

The safari park has maintained the safety of the ride “has not been compromised in any way”.

They said CCTV at the site had been reviewed and it will remain open as normal for the public.

A spokesman for the safari park  said: “On Sunday September 6, at approximately 2.45pm, an incident took place on our popular Wild River Rafting ride which resulted in four guests being treated by the emergency services for minor injuries.

“Upon entering the final section of the ride, a water vessel containing the four passengers overturned in the shallow water trough due to excessive movement inside the boat.

“Our staff reacted immediately by bringing the ride to as top and safely removed the four guests, following the strict protocols we have in place.

“All four people were checked over straight away by our first aid responders, and the emergency services were contacted for further review.

“One of the four guests was later transported to Worcestershire Royal Hospital, while the other three guests were able to leave the park at their own accord to travel home.

“We remain in contact with all four guests to check on their well being.

“Following the incident, and after investigating CCTV footage and speaking with our health and safety team, we can confirm that the safety of the ride has not been compromised in any way and it will remain open for guests to use.

“All our rides operate with clear health and safety signage and our staff are given regular training in operational management on a routine basis.

“We would like to extend our thanks to the emergency services for their assistance on Sunday, and to our staff who reacted calmly and quickly to the situation at hand. The park remains open as normal to the public.”

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “One ambulance attended and treated one woman who was being cared for by safari park staff after reportedly being injured on a water ride.

“The woman was assessed and given treatment on scene for injuries not believed to be serious before she was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks.”





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