ALL twenty-two people who were rescued from a broken fairground ride are expected to be released from hospital later today (Thursday, August 31).
Emergency services were called to the Surf Rider in Botton’s Pleasure Beach, yesterday, after the ride failed and the carriage of people struck the ground.
A spokesperson for United Hospitals Lincolnshire NHS Trust said: “Seven people were admitted to A&E and three were admitted to hospital and stayed over night.
“One who has been reported in the media as having life-threatening injuries had head injuries but she will be discharged later today.”
The woman with head injuries was treated as if her injuries were life-threatening as a precautionary measure.
She was initially unconscious but is now being reported as doing well.
The injuries of the other two riders kept in hospital overnight were “not life-threatening”.
By this evening it is thought that all three will “hopefully be discharged.”
East Midlands Ambulance Service received the first emergency 999 call at 3.11pm and initial reports from the scene indicated that up to 40 casualties may be involved.
Staff at the emergency control room in Lincoln responded immediately by dispatching highly skilled ambulance crews in a number of accident and emergency vehicles.
Two air ambulances were also sent and members of the Hazard Area Response Team (HART) who are specially trained to deal with incidents of this kind, were alerted.
Steve Pratten, Operational Support Manager, who managed the scene, said: “On arrival, it was clear that this was a serious incident involving multiple casualties.
“We set up a casualty clearing station nearby and carried out triage assessments of those reporting injuries or feeling unwell.
“As expected, many of those involved were quite distressed and suffering from shock.
“Several had also sustained cuts and bruises and while treating the casualties, our crews did what they could to calm people down and offer reassurance.”
A total of 15 patients were treated for their injuries at the scene and seven casualties were taken by land ambulance to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.
Steve added “I’m proud of the professionalism shown by EMAS staff.
“This is a great example of us providing a high quality service to the public in very demanding circumstances.”