A girl, who is likely to suffer gynaecological problems due to being hit by a water jet when she was fourteen years of age, has settled her claim for an injury at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Shelby Clarke from Manchester was just fourteen years of age when, in October 2009, she visited the attractions at Blackpool Pleasure Beach with her mother, step-father and a friend – Sarah.
Soon after the party arrived, Shelby and Sarah spotted the park’s newest attraction – The Spectacular Dancing Water Fountain – which featured water jets that would shoot up in sequence from the ground.
In the centre of the attraction was the most powerful water jet, which reached heights of 200 feet, and – after asking her mother´s permission – Shelby and Sarah joined in with other children running in and out of the water jets.
However, as Shelby started to run over the centre jet, it started to operate – the power of the water jet causing dreadful injuries to the area around Shelby´s vagina. Shelby´s mother called an ambulance, and Shelby was rushed to hospital where she received 250 stitches.
On her daughter´s behalf, Shelby´s mother made a claim for an injury at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, claiming that the Water Fountain attraction was unsafe and presented a hazard to the children playing around it.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Limited acknowledged their liability for Shelby´s injuries and agreed to a five-figure out-of-court settlement to include the cost of future treatment if Shelby suffers gyneacological issues in the future.
A spokesperson for Blackpool Pleasure Beach issued an apology to the family and told reporters that since Shelby´s claim for an injury at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, new safety measures have been taken to ensure that children to not run between the water jets while they are in operation.
These include clear announcements made just before the water jets are about to start, and staff protecting the perimeter of the attraction to make sure that an accident similar to Shelby´s does not occur again.