Skegness fair operator to be prosecuted over ride accident

Damaged ride in Skegness Pleasure Beach
Image caption The Surf Rider experienced "some kind of failure"

Operators of an amusement park are to be prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over a fairground accident at a Lincolnshire resort.

Twenty-two people were trapped in a vertical position on the Surf Rider at Botton's Amusements on Grand Parade, Skegness, on 30 August 2011.

Seven people, including one woman with head injuries, were taken to hospital.

The HSE said Pleasure Beach Amusements Ltd was due at Skegness Magistrates' Court on 26 July.

The company has been charged with breaching section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Lincolnshire Fire Service had to use a hydraulic platform along with "man power and a rope" to rescue the riders one by one.

It said the ride had experienced "some kind of failure".

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