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Investigation launched after four-year-old Romford boy falls from popular children’s ride at Clacton Pier

PUBLISHED: 13:30 02 October 2017

Clacton Pier, where a four-year-old boy from Romford fell from a ride on Saturday. Photo: Pkuczynski/Wikimedia Commons

Clacton Pier, where a four-year-old boy from Romford fell from a ride on Saturday. Photo: Pkuczynski/Wikimedia Commons

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An investigation has been launched after a four-year-old boy from Romford fell from a ride on Clacton Pier on Saturday.

An investigation has been launched after a four-year-old boy from Romford fell from the Go Gator ride on Clacton Pier. Photo: Tendring District CouncilAn investigation has been launched after a four-year-old boy from Romford fell from the Go Gator ride on Clacton Pier. Photo: Tendring District Council

The boy, who was visiting Clacton with his family, reportedly fell around four feet from the pier’s Go-Gator ride at around 4.30pm.

Pier staff were at the boy’s side in seconds, and an ambulance was called as a precaution, but after being checked over by paramedics the youngster was given the all clear – although his parents were advised to take him to hospital when he got home.

Pier director Billy Ball confirmed the ride – which has existed since the late 1980s and never reported such an accident before – had passed a daily safety inspection on Saturday morning and that the incident had nothing to do with the ride itself.

He said: “From the various statements it appears that two children, including the boy, were in the front seat of the ride and had already been round once.

“They wanted to stay on for another go and the operator said they could remain in their seats and she would scan their wristband when they had finished.

“She checked they were in safely and then at the same time as she turned to press the button the boy stood up as the ride moved off as he may not have understood the instruction.

“What we understand is that his mother was close by and broke his fall before he landed on the ground.

“Our main concern was for the boy and his family – as well as our operator who was obviously upset about what had happened.”

Mr Ball said he had contacted the boy’s father on Saturday night who said his son was quiet and a bit pale.

Clacton Pier has said it will keep in touch with the family to ensure he is alright.

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