Man injured in holiday horror accident on huge water slide

Man injured in holiday horror accident on huge water slide

Jamie Norman may be scarred for life after his accident

The vertical waterslide at Aqualandia where Jamie Norman had his accident

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A HOLIDAYMAKER was left with horrendous injuries after one of the world’s tallest vertical water slides went wrong.

Dad-of-two Jamie Norman believes he could have died and now may be scarred for life after riding the 60mph VertiGo slide at Aqualandia in Benidorm, Spain.

The 27-year-old rode the 33-metre-high and 100-metre-long slide three times during his holiday last month.

Adrenaline junkies enter a capsule at the slide summit before a trap door opens and they free-fall into the water — but on Mr Norman’s third go, the trap door did not open properly.

He plummeted on to the slide through the small gap at the bottom of the capsule, suffering a huge bang to his head and excruciating wounds to his legs and arms.

After reaching the bottom of the slide, dazed and bleeding, Mr Norman, of Thorpe Avenue, Radcliffe, was ushered into a first-aid room and claims the ride was up and running 15 minutes later.

He said: “It could have killed me if I had hit my head harder — there are so many ways it could have gone differently.

“There is something wrong with the slide. For all I know the same thing could happen to someone else next week — but this time someone could die.

“I was on holiday for five more days after the accident and it ruined the rest of the trip for everyone.”

Mr Norman’s leg, which was left with the skin hanging off, is still causing him pain and he is worried it could be more seriously damaged.

He is also concerned about permanent facial scars.

He said he used to be a “thrill-seeker” but will now stay away from all adrenaline-fuelled pursuits.

Mr Norman, an electrician, is now suing the insurance company which covers Aqualandia.

He said: “After it happened I was taken to an on-site medical room but no ambulance was called. I was just stitched up by the doctor there and ushered out of the park.

“They offered me some free tickets for the sea life centre next door, but obviously I didn’t take them and I can’t believe they offered them considering the state I was in.

“Staff didn’t even properly shut the ride — it was closed for about 15 minutes but when we left the park I saw it was back in action.”

Earlier this month an 18-year-old from Iceland died after falling from a rollercoaster at the Terra Mitica theme park in Benidorm, which is owned by the same company which runs Aqualandia. Police there believe his harness did not lock correctly.

The owners of Aqualandia were unavailable for comment.

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9:33am Thu 31 Jul 14

mililly says...

This was in manchester evrning news weeks ago
This was in manchester evrning news weeks ago mililly
  • Score: 18

9:59am Thu 31 Jul 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

...and all over the local TV news.

Finger on the pulse, yet again.....
...and all over the local TV news. Finger on the pulse, yet again..... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 20

11:58am Thu 31 Jul 14

BWFC1988 says...

I've been on this slide, it's exhilirating, although I doubt I'll be going on it again after seeing this!
I've been on this slide, it's exhilirating, although I doubt I'll be going on it again after seeing this! BWFC1988
  • Score: 5

12:20pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Chrome1 says...

The slide didn't go wrong; it was the slider methinks. Plus it's Benidorm; doesn't exactly attract the most sophisticated people in the world.
The slide didn't go wrong; it was the slider methinks. Plus it's Benidorm; doesn't exactly attract the most sophisticated people in the world. Chrome1
  • Score: -14

12:21pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Chrome1 says...

Ah, I see we have a new reporter in our midst. Don't hold much hope for the quality of news to increase.
Ah, I see we have a new reporter in our midst. Don't hold much hope for the quality of news to increase. Chrome1
  • Score: -1

12:43pm Thu 31 Jul 14

tracy1000 says...

what is the BEN on a 5 week delay this is old news........next they will be telling us the wheel has been invented
what is the BEN on a 5 week delay this is old news........next they will be telling us the wheel has been invented tracy1000
  • Score: 13

12:59pm Thu 31 Jul 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Chrome1 wrote:
The slide didn't go wrong; it was the slider methinks. Plus it's Benidorm; doesn't exactly attract the most sophisticated people in the world.
Can you not read?

The trap door failed to open fully. It says so in the article.

I know you're a wum, but if you're going to be good at it, at least check the article thoroughly to make sure that you've not committed any obvious "schoolboy errors" when you post your "hilarious" quip.

You wouldn't last two minutes on Nuts......
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: The slide didn't go wrong; it was the slider methinks. Plus it's Benidorm; doesn't exactly attract the most sophisticated people in the world.[/p][/quote]Can you not read? The trap door failed to open fully. It says so in the article. I know you're a wum, but if you're going to be good at it, at least check the article thoroughly to make sure that you've not committed any obvious "schoolboy errors" when you post your "hilarious" quip. You wouldn't last two minutes on Nuts...... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 10

1:30pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Chrome1 says...

OriginalAngryDad wrote:
Chrome1 wrote:
The slide didn't go wrong; it was the slider methinks. Plus it's Benidorm; doesn't exactly attract the most sophisticated people in the world.
Can you not read?

The trap door failed to open fully. It says so in the article.

I know you're a wum, but if you're going to be good at it, at least check the article thoroughly to make sure that you've not committed any obvious "schoolboy errors" when you post your "hilarious" quip.

You wouldn't last two minutes on Nuts......
He's not your son is he? I bet you're a council estate chav boy too.
[quote][p][bold]OriginalAngryDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: The slide didn't go wrong; it was the slider methinks. Plus it's Benidorm; doesn't exactly attract the most sophisticated people in the world.[/p][/quote]Can you not read? The trap door failed to open fully. It says so in the article. I know you're a wum, but if you're going to be good at it, at least check the article thoroughly to make sure that you've not committed any obvious "schoolboy errors" when you post your "hilarious" quip. You wouldn't last two minutes on Nuts......[/p][/quote]He's not your son is he? I bet you're a council estate chav boy too. Chrome1
  • Score: -15

1:35pm Thu 31 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

The B.N. may not be the best newspaper but at least it keeps us entertained.
The B.N. may not be the best newspaper but at least it keeps us entertained. boltonnut
  • Score: 5

2:05pm Thu 31 Jul 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Chrome,

Basic Internet Wummery 101:

NEVER resort to personal comments in your first response to being pulled.

Foolish error which confirms your amateur status.

Play along first for a bit, try and draw out something to work with, try and trip your victim up so they get frustrated and crack and then (and only then) throw in a couple of personal insults if necessary.

To be honest, I expected better of you......
Chrome, Basic Internet Wummery 101: NEVER resort to personal comments in your first response to being pulled. Foolish error which confirms your amateur status. Play along first for a bit, try and draw out something to work with, try and trip your victim up so they get frustrated and crack and then (and only then) throw in a couple of personal insults if necessary. To be honest, I expected better of you...... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 7

2:45pm Thu 31 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

tracy1000 wrote:
what is the BEN on a 5 week delay this is old news........next they will be telling us the wheel has been invented
The BEN hasn't existed since 2006 so that makes you around 8yrs behind.
[quote][p][bold]tracy1000[/bold] wrote: what is the BEN on a 5 week delay this is old news........next they will be telling us the wheel has been invented[/p][/quote]The BEN hasn't existed since 2006 so that makes you around 8yrs behind. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 5

2:59pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Chrome1 says...

OriginalAngryDad wrote:
Chrome,

Basic Internet Wummery 101:

NEVER resort to personal comments in your first response to being pulled.

Foolish error which confirms your amateur status.

Play along first for a bit, try and draw out something to work with, try and trip your victim up so they get frustrated and crack and then (and only then) throw in a couple of personal insults if necessary.

To be honest, I expected better of you......
Sorry, you reverse psychology won't reel me in
[quote][p][bold]OriginalAngryDad[/bold] wrote: Chrome, Basic Internet Wummery 101: NEVER resort to personal comments in your first response to being pulled. Foolish error which confirms your amateur status. Play along first for a bit, try and draw out something to work with, try and trip your victim up so they get frustrated and crack and then (and only then) throw in a couple of personal insults if necessary. To be honest, I expected better of you......[/p][/quote]Sorry, you reverse psychology won't reel me in Chrome1
  • Score: -12

3:32pm Thu 31 Jul 14

xBuryGirlx says...

Chrome just give in you're embarrassing yourself with your comments....
Chrome just give in you're embarrassing yourself with your comments.... xBuryGirlx
  • Score: 12

3:54pm Thu 31 Jul 14

P3TER1 says...

Benidorm sounds great, don't forget your travel insurance!
Benidorm sounds great, don't forget your travel insurance! P3TER1
  • Score: 5

4:01pm Thu 31 Jul 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Chrome.......

Reverse psychology....?

I was just pointing out why you're a rubbish wum.

I respectfully suggest you Google "reverse psychology" in order to learn what it is and, hopefully, avoid any future embarrassment.

See....?

You're just not very good at this are you?

Fire another insult back and I'll analyse it and give you some more pointers.
Chrome....... Reverse psychology....? I was just pointing out why you're a rubbish wum. I respectfully suggest you Google "reverse psychology" in order to learn what it is and, hopefully, avoid any future embarrassment. See....? You're just not very good at this are you? Fire another insult back and I'll analyse it and give you some more pointers. OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 11

7:27pm Thu 31 Jul 14

JustBecause says...

wow 14th of July this was reported !
wow 14th of July this was reported ! JustBecause
  • Score: 3

9:28pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Hey everybody... Dinosaurs do actually exist!
Hey everybody... Dinosaurs do actually exist! Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 1

9:16am Fri 1 Aug 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Hey everybody... Dinosaurs do actually exist!
Not any more they don't, they died out 60 million years ago.

So we can probably expect a BN "exclusive" which breaks that news in a few weeks......
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Hey everybody... Dinosaurs do actually exist![/p][/quote]Not any more they don't, they died out 60 million years ago. So we can probably expect a BN "exclusive" which breaks that news in a few weeks...... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 1

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