44 injured after wave pool malfunctions, creating 'tsunami'
A wave machine in China has injured 44 people at Shuiyun Water Park, after a "tsunami" wave engulfed terrified swimmers.
Numerous videos of the alarming incident have already been shared by people on social media, where they have managed to go viral.
The graphic footage shows the huge rush of water crash into a number of unfortunate visitors to the Chinese park. Screams of terror and shock can be heard as the wave sweeps across the pool, leaving some with contusions and fractured ribs in its wake.
Check out the disturbing footage of the accident in the video below:
The video was first shared online by online news outlet, Beijing Time. Some people who shared the video have been claiming, without evidence, that the worker who operated the wave machine had been drunk.
However, representatives of the Shuiyun Water Park have officially denied this story, telling the South China Morning Post: "It was caused by a mechanical fault. Only around 10 people were [seriously] injured ... The wave pool was closed for a day for repairs. It’s already been fixed and will be open tomorrow."
Officials, however, have stated that around 44 people have been injured. And three are reportedly still in hospital, after suffering broken bones.
On the Chinese social media site, Weibo, the Longjing city government posted: "According to the initial stages of the investigation, the incident was caused by a power cut that damaged electronic equipment in the tsunami pool control room, which led to the waves in the tsunami pool becoming too big and injuring people."
The Shuiyun Water Park is a part of the Yulong Bay Scenic Area. This popular summer resort in Longjing city first opened back in 2015, and approximately 500,000 visitors flock there every year. Aside from the wave pool, tourists can also enjoy a number of other attractions, including a glass-bottom bridge, a theme park, and stables.