The terrifying moment a 10-foot ‘tsunami’ caused by a faulty wave machine crashes into pool-goers in China leaving 44 injured.
This is the terrifying moment a 10-foot ‘tsunami’ caused by a faulty wave machine wipes out dozens of pool-goers in China.
The incident took place at the hugely popular summer tourist resort Shuiyun Water Park on July 29, with officials saying 44 were left injured.
Footage taken by visitors shows swimmers deep inside the pool suddenly faced with a torrent of incoming water produced by the wave machine.
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 safety too as they realise the unusually large surge 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.
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.’
Officials, however, said no fewer than 44 people were injured, with three remaining hospitalized 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 (£11.70).
The large wave pool is part of the Yulong Bay Scenic Area in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Jilin Province in north-eastern China.
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.