Collapsed Surf Rider dismantled ahead of park’s re-opening

The dismantled Surf Rider sits underneath a blue tarpaulin, while staff put the finishing touches to the work.

The dismantled Surf Rider sits underneath a blue tarpaulin, while staff put the finishing touches to the work.

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BOTTON’S Pleasure Beach in Skegness is expected to fully re-open today (Thursday) - two days after the collapse of a ride that injured seven people.

But the damaged Surf Rider may not not be on site for the re-opening of the park after it was dismantled overnight.

Speaking to the Standard yesterday the park’s owner, Jimmy Botton, confirmed that he had “no intention” of returning the damaged Surf Rider to use.

And, now that Health & Safety Executive officers have finished their on-site investigation, the park has wasted no time in working to remove the crippled ride as it bids to return to some semblance of normality.

The Standard’s photographer was on site this morning to see the ride being packed away ahead of its expected removal. The photo shows the Surf Rider underneath a blue tarpaulin and some of the staff putting the finishing touches to the work.

Meanwhile, all seven injured riders have now been released from hospital.