Rollercoaster horror as family plunge underwater backwards after ride breaks

A traumatised dad has told of his horror after a broken rollercoaster sent him and his children hurtling backwards down a steep slope into a body of water.

John Mulvaney was enjoying his time on Flamingo Land's log flume with sons Cian, six, and Owen, four, when their carriage suddenly switched directions and plummeted 30ft back into the lake at the bottom.

The 'Lost River Ride' is known as Flamingo Land Resort's "showpiece" and is usually a visitor favourite.

John, 36, said his kids were terrified when they heard a "snapping noise" during the steep ascent at the park in Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire, the Daily Record reports.

The horrified family were dragged underwater and momentarily trapped as they were tightly strapped in by a safety bar.

John is now calling for a complete overhaul of the ride and has hit out at park staff who were allegedly slow to respond to the incident.

He said: "It was horrific. We got a fair dunt when we hit the water. You’re not supposed to hit the water that way.

"We were sat in the back row and the boat went underwater for two to three seconds.

"The water rushed over my two children’s heads and then, thankfully, the weight at the front of the boat tipped it upright.

"This could have been so much worse as we were sitting with seatbelts on and a harness over us."

The family were on the last day of a four-day trip to the theme park when the incident happened.

Luckily the family were uninjured from the ordeal, but John claims their safety bar was jammed following the shocking impact.

He explained having to "squeeze out" while staff were reportedly slow to evacuate nearby families.

John also claims that his concerns weren't taken seriously by management.

The ride which prides itself as a "gentle riverboat safari" was back open a day later, despite bosses allegedly telling the family that a full probe would be carried out.

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John said: "My six-year-old was just starting to enjoy theme park rides, so this is going to have a lasting effect.

"I genuinely feel this place is an accident waiting to happen and if something happened to another family, I would never forgive myself if I didn’t speak out."

The Daily Star has contacted Flamingo Land for comment about the Mulvaneys’ experience.

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