DUBLIN >> The much-anticipated debut of the $43 million water park “The Wave” took a scary turn Saturday when a boy was launched from a three-story water slide, landing on the concrete exit next to the ride.
The 10-year-old boy was “just shaken up” with a scratched shoulder that was treated by first aid, a park spokeswoman said shortly after the incident witnessed and recorded by a Bay Area News Group photographer covering the Dublin park’s grand opening. The photographer saw scratches on the boy’s back, before he walked away on his own power and was helped by a lifeguard and city employee shortly after noon Saturday. The ride had only been operating for 90 minutes.
The park closed the Emerald Plunge slide after the incident indefinitely and spokeswoman Shari Jackman said they are “reevaluating that slide.” No police or fire were called to the scene, park officials said, because the parents declined and were going to have the boy checked out on their own.
Dublin Assistant City Manager Linda Smith, who was standing next to the slide when the incident happened, immediately helped the boy.
“He got up immediately and as any boy would be, he was stunned,” Smith said. “I was worried if he was mentally OK, but physically he just had some scrapes.”
Park officials shut down the slide, as well as adjacent slide “Dublin Screamer,” and contacted manufacturer WhiteWater West Industries to have…
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