North West Wales

Greenwood zip wire death: Equipment 'in good condition'

The owners of a theme park where a Blackpool boy died after falling from a zip wire ride say all equipment had been checked and was in good condition.

An investigation is under way into the death of the boy, who was injured at the Greenwood Forest Park Centre, Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, on Sunday.

North Wales Police said they could not release the boy's name at present.

Chief Supt Neil Anderson said: "Our deepest sympathies are with the family".

The boy was airlifted to hospital after falling from the SwampFlyer ride, which had opened the previous Monday.

The park said all equipment had been checked on Sunday morning and was in good condition.

Greenwood said it closed the day after the tragedy out of respect and it was co-operating fully with police and the Health and Safety Executive.

Police, who said they were jointly investigating with the local authority, were called to the park at 1640 BST on Sunday.

The 145m (475ft) SwampFlyer is described by the park as the longest zip wire ride in Wales, going up to a height of 9m (30ft).

Those who ride it launch themselves off a cliff and go through tree tops and over a swamp.

'Tragic accident'

When the ride was opened the park said that "visitors of almost all age groups will be able to ride the SwampFlyer".

Local councillor Huw Price Hughes, who was at the zip wire's launch last Monday and rode it, said the whole area was shaken.

In a statement on its website, the park said: "There was a tragic accident at Greenwood Forest Park on Easter Sunday.

"An 11-year-old boy died when he fell from the zip wire - he was airlifted to hospital but his life could not be saved.

"All the equipment was checked at 10am in the morning and was all in good condition.

"We are co-operating fully with the police and the Health and Safety Executive in their investigation. We have always put safety as our number one priority and we are determined to understand fully what has happened.

"As a mark of respect to the family concerned we are closing the park on Easter Monday.

"Our thoughts and sympathy are with the family of the boy."

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