North West Wales

Forest zip wire death boy named as Bailey Sumner

The 11-year-old boy who died after falling from a forest zip wire ride in Gwynedd has been named at an inquest opening.

Bailey Sumner, from Blackpool, was flown to hospital after the fall at GreenWood Forest Park Centre at Y Felinheli on Sunday but later died.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones adjourned the inquest into Bailey's death.

The theme park, which was closed on Monday, said Tuesday's takings will go to the Wales Air Ambulance.

The park owners said all equipment had been checked before the fatal incident on Sunday morning and was in good condition.

Bailey was airlifted to hospital after falling from the ride called SwampFlyer which opened for the first time last Monday.

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

People who go on it launch themselves off a cliff and ride on the wire through tree tops and over a swamp.

Image caption The GreenWood Forest Park website says the zip wire is the longest in Wales

In a new statement on Tuesday, park owners Stephen and Andrea Bristow said: "We are very sorry that this tragic event happened at our park and our thoughts and sympathy are with the family.

"The park was closed yesterday and has reopened today.

"We have always had the highest safety quality standards at GreenWood Forest Park and all the equipment on the SwampFlyer ride was checked on the morning of the accident in line with guidelines."

The said they were co-operating fully with the authorities.

"Safety is our first priority for our visitors and we are undertaking our own investigation to fully understand what has happened.

The owners said The SwampFlyer zip wire ride will be closed until the investigation is complete.

'Deepest sympathies'

"We have had over a million visitors since we launched in 1993 and I can assure visitors that GreenWood is a safe place to visit," they added

On Monday, Ch Supt Neil Anderson of North Wales Police said a joint investigation with health and safety experts from Gwynedd council had begun.

He added: "Our deepest sympathies are with the family."

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said they had initially investigated the incident, but had now passed the matter on to Gwynedd Council.

The council confirmed it was investigating with police.

Local councillor Huw Price Hughes, who was at the zip wire's recent launch, said the whole area was shaken.

"We extend all our condolences to the family at such a tragic loss," he added.

"It's hard to comprehend what's happened.

"We were here last Monday opening the ride and from all the safety procedures that were in place that day it's very very hard even to speculate what's gone wrong."

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