WaterWorld safety work after injury to pupil, 12
SAFETY improvements are being carried out at WaterWorld after a 12-year-old boy cut his leg on a metal bar.
Alex Holdcroft needed 10 stitches after slipping and hurting his leg during a school trip to the Festival Park attraction.
Now WaterWorld officials have put foam around the end of the bar as a temporary measure.
WaterWorld director Tim Kiely said: "The bottom bar of a railing is missing because it is where lifeguards can gain access to the pool if there is a major incident.
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"We understand the boy slipped and cut his knee on a railing. We've tried to phone his parents but have not been able to get hold of them. We have investigated how it could happen with a post-risk assessment.
"It is the first time we've had an accident in the area near the wave pool beside the rocks.
"We have to ascertain how he cut his knee but in the interim we have made amendments and put foam over a protruding bar.
"A company is to install a gate at that spot so it continues to be accessible to lifeguards in the case of an emergency."
Mr Kiely added: "We have nothing to hide. We have an exemplary safety record and the area where the boy cut himself has been like that for 10 years."
Dad Paul, aged 43, who has just been made redundant, said: "It is a very deep cut and he has been in a lot of pain.
"I have been told he slipped over and landed on this pole which was sticking out where a gate used to be hung."
Mum Amanda, aged 41, added: "It was really upsetting to see your son in so much pain.
"I'm glad WaterWorld is doing something about it."