10ft Wave Machine Tsunami Leaves 44 Swimmers Injured

This is the viral moment with over two million views a giant 10-foot ‘tsunami’ caused by a faulty wave machine wipes out pool-goers reportedly leaving 44 people bloodied and injured.

The terrifying incident happened at the hugely popular summer tourist resort known as the Shuiyun Water Park on 29th July, with officials saying 44 were injured.

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The large wave pool is part of the Yulong Bay Scenic Area in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Jilin Province in north-eastern China.

Footage taken by visitors shows swimmers deep inside the wave pool suddenly faced with the large wave produced by the wave machine.

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The wave machine sends a tidal wave into swimmers

Described as a “tsunami”, the tidal wave measured up to 10 feet and can be seen sweeping away tourists, flipping many of them and their swimming rings upside down in the chaos.

The video shows visitors standing outside the wave pool running for their lives too as they realise the unusually large wave is going to splash over the barrier.

Tourists can be heard screaming as the water is launched over the barrier and a number of them are knocked over by the tidal wave.

Footage taken in the aftermath then shows a woman lying injured on the ground and bleeding from her legs.

A spokesman for the water park told local media in a brief statement: “It was caused by a mechanical fault. Only around 10 people were injured.

“The wave pool was closed for a day for repairs. It’s already been fixed and will be open tomorrow.”

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A swimmer hurt on the ground

Officials, however, said no fewer than 44 people were injured, with three remaiming hospitalised with broken bones and serious abrasions.

The wave pool has also been shut by authorities for inspection.

It is unclear whether the injured tourists were refunded their tickets, which cost 98 RMB (11.7 GBP).

The Yulong Bay Scenic Area opened in 2015 and includes activities such as a glass-bottom bridge, a theme park, a wave pool and horse riding.

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Story By: John FengSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report

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