Surf Rider to leave Bottons Pleasure Beach after crash

The Skegness flat ride involved in an accident yesterday is to be dismantled and removed from Bottons Pleasure Beach.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have impounded Surf Rider until their investigation has been completed.

It has been confirmed by owners that the ride will not return to the amusement park, which remained closed today.

Local radio station Lincs FM quoted the park’s owner, Jimmy Botton Jr, as saying that all seven injured people had now been discharged from hospital and were recovering at home.

A spokesperson for United Hospitals Lincolnshire NHS Trust said: “Seven people were admitted to A&E and three were admitted to hospital and stayed over night.

There had been reports yesterday, including those from the BBC, that a woman had suffered “potentially life threatening” head injuries, but this was simply a precautionary assessment by paramedics as she was on unconscious for a short time following the incident.

The spokesperson added: “One who has been reported in the media as having life-threatening injuries had head injuries but she will be discharged later today.”

Inspectors from the independent government body HSE visited the park this afternoon and they are likely to scrutinise the ARM Engineering-built ride for some time, after which it is understood to be scrapped.