A South American couple say they were left with huge bruises and lacerations after a water slide they were on at a water park broke and they flew off the edge in a freak accident that landed them in hospital.
The accident happened on January 3 at the Aquopolis water park in the city Mar del Plata in the province of Buenos Aires in eastern Argentina.
Noelia Medina and her partner Hernan were on a rubber ring together on a slide when the incident occurred.
“It was our turn and we took the rubber ring and got on it. We were at the top full of adrenaline and the person in charge pushed us down and the nightmare started,” she explained.
“We were going down and almost before the end, the rubber ring went to the edge at the side of the open slide. It broke and Hernan got his leg injured and I flew off hitting my head and other parts of my body.”
Local media reported that the couple were taken to the medical station at the park before being taken to a hospital in an ambulance.
“I received five stitches to my head and they gave me medicine for the haematomas over my body. Hernan was kept in hospital and he received stitches to an injury in his leg of about 25 centimetres,” Ms Medina said.
She said Hernan left the hospital the following Sunday but the pair are both still suffering pain in their injuries.
They say Aquopolis have not contacted them to apologise or enquire about their condition and the couple have reportedly filed a complaint about the accident.
“We feel impotent and anxious. We hope this never happens again and they do not get away with it,” she said.
The water park has not publicly commented on the incident.
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