Posted Monday, June 10, 2002 4:48 AM | Contributed by APC11
A four-year old girl is in serious condition with head injuries after falling from the Starfish ride at Six Flags Marine World theme park in Vallejo Saturday afternoon.
Looks like the Wipeouts around the world will be getting seatelts now.
Also keep in mind that since a kid was tossed off SFMW's Scatabout (Eli Bridge Scrambler) a couple years ago, that Scramblers mostly all have seatbelts now. *** This post was edited by john peck on 6/10/2002. ***
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I understand that amusement parks are among the safest forms of entertainment out there, but you still have to use common sense and take any additional safety precautions you feel necessary.
The fact that this girl was sitting beside her mother and still fell out is ridiculous. What was the mother doing? I see way too many people just putting small children on rides at parks and thinking everything will be fine. Sure, it will be fine in most cases, but sometimes I think people just have too much of a sense of safety.
My 4 year old daughter rides some pretty big stuff. There's also some stuff she's tecnically big enough to ride, however I don't feel she's mature enough to ride and I would never let her ride those with or without me. When I do ride with her I always put an arm around her and pull her snugly against me. The only way she's falling off of something is if I go too. I can't imagine what the mother was doing while the daughter was slipping off of the ride.
Like RollerCoasterGod said, this type of ride can be pretty intense. I'm not sure it's appropriate for a 4 year old.
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Since this girl was apparently riding with her mother...Where was she sitting in the seat? I can only think of one way that she could have come out and cleared her mother, and that's if she was sitting on the outside.
But what kind of an operator would allow a small child to sit outboard of her (presumably considerably larger) parent on a ride like a Wipeout? It just doesn't make sense.
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Gonchar, you sound a lot like how I approach riding with my 5 and 6 year old. My 6 year old would ride everything if she was allowed, but I certainly don't let her- for both safety and emotional reasons (I don't want her terrified of something like Ghostrider, which I don't think she's quite ready for.) When I do ride with her, especially on a bigger ride, and we share a restraint like on the wipeout, she's required to hold onto the bar, and I usually have a hold on her somewhere.
Makes me wonder what mom was doing in the seat next to her. And how much she's responsible. Cause I have a feeling some of the blame at least lies in that direction.
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And the operator in your case was simply a <unbroadcastable> idiot. Probably following instructions but following them exactly backwards. On any Himalaya, Caterpillar, Wipeout, Trabant, Casino, Scrambler, Sizzler, Musik Express, or other similar ride, the smaller rider should ALWAYS sit toward the inside.
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You know, I've never seen a Scrambler/Trabant w/ seatbelts.
I like the ride a lot, but it's become very uncomfortable for us taller folk lately because of the little plastic leg guard near the door. Those things aren't comfortable for legs to be pressed against. They should just put a gate on the door if they want to keep legs inside the ride.
But I digress. Every one of these rides I've been on they have taken care to make sure that the larger rider is on the outside, and for really good reason. Knott's has been forcing 2 people to a seat recently, but I haven't seen a seat belt on the ride yet.
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The Wilderness Scrambler at Knotts has seatbelts. (orange of course).
I was at PKI yesterday and WAS in fact, suprised to find seatbelt installed. I was confused because I was at Cedar Point a month ago and there were no seatbelts installed there. So, mayby this is just the parks decission. Who Knows...
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I'm confused...PKI has no Wipeout/Trabant/Casino variant. Which ride are you referring to?
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