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Tragedy at LegoLand

Tragedy at LegoLand

A routine rehearsal for a popular family show at Legoland ended in tragedy last week after an acrobat was left paralysed from the chest down. An investigation has been launched after Jay Young, a trained acrobat from Southampton, landed on his head while performing a somersault at the Windsor theme park on Monday. The 22-year-old was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, where he received emergency spinal surgery, but doctors have said he will be paralysed from the chest down.

The trainee stuntman was rehearsing for a family show called ‘Pirates of Skeleton Bay’, which involves dangerous stunts including flips and diving from a 10-metre high board into a pool of water. The Young family have raised concerns over health and safety and questioned whether there was a ‘spotter’ – a person who catches a performer if a stunt goes wrong during the rehearsals – in place.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the local Environmental Health Unit (EHU) is now under way. An SGA spokesman said this was a deeply regrettable, but isolated, incident in the company’s history and that routines have already been adapted under HSE and EHU advice.

They said ‘all precautions were taken to ensure the highest possible safety levels’.

Legoland said that external companies have to adhere to the park’s strict health and safety regulations and that all stunts performed are carried out under the supervision of an SGA stunt director.

 

Source: Maidenhead Advertiser

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