EAST Lindsey District Council’s leader has vowed to work with the leisure industry to protect the town’s “credibility” in the wake of yesterday’s shock accident at the Botton’s Pleasure Beach.
Twenty-two people were left trapped on the Surf Rider after it partially collapsed at around 3.15pm on Tuesday (August 30).
Seven peoplesuffered back and neck injuries in the incident.
There is still some confusion as to the severity of the injuries, with the emergency services this morning still describing all seven as “walking wounded”, but some media outlets, such as the BBC, reporting that one woman has suffered ‘serious head injuries’.
Meanwhile, East Lindsey Chief Executive Nigel Howells has praised the emergency services for their efforts, and vowed to work to protect the reputation of Skegness in the wake of the accident.
He also stressed tha tthe incident shouldn’t put people off coming to Skegness.
He said: “I would like to praise the work of the emergency services and wish all those involved a speedy recovery to full health.
“Skegness remains one of the UK’s leading seaside holiday destinations and we must work with the industry to ensure this incident doesn’t affect the town’s credibility as a fun and exciting place to visit.”
Elsewhere, the the director of the one of the area’s air mabulances has praised the “great team effort” of the emergency services in responding to the accident.
Dr Dhushy Kumar from the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance Said: “This was a great team effort by all involved from the initial tasking by the despatch desk to the land paramedics, fire service and Air Ambulance response.
“The Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance crew brought the relevant skills and expertise to the accident scene, co-ordinating the medical treatment required and ensuring that all patients were seen to quickly and effectively”.
The Lincolnshrie and Nottingham Air Ambulance also attended the scene, as did numerous fire engines, ambulances and police vehicles, in a a large-scale co-ordinated response.