Ayia Napa park closes until accident investigation wraps
The operation of the Ayia Napa amusement park was on Sunday suspended following the injury on Friday night of a 44-year-old woman and her seven-year-old son when the swing they were in crashed into the pole of a neighbouring ride.
The management of the park said that it will remain closed until the circumstances under which the accident happened have been clarified.
According to authorities the accident happened at 10.30 on Friday night when the woman and her son, from Russia, were on the Star Flyer carousel. It appears the accident was caused by human error as the ride was operating too fast, meaning the swing went further out than usual, hitting the adjacent ride.
The police are reportedly waiting to speak to the mother and her doctors in a Limassol clinic. The woman and her son were initially taken to a private clinic in Ayia Napa but were transferred to one in Limassol due to the seriousness of their injuries. Evidence has also been taken from the park which will be tested.
The boy suffered an exposed fracture on his right leg while his mother lacerated her left knee, broke her right hand and suffered concussion.
“We again call on the authorities to carry out an inspection before we re-open,” the management of the Parko Paliatso said on Sunday.
They also repeated that a German company had recently checked all their rides and given them a clean bill of health.
All the staff at the park are trained on how to operate the rides and on issues of health and safety, an announcement said.
It also said the park was working with all authorities, providing all information requested.
In the 20 years that the park has operated for around 8 million people have visited it and this is the first time such an accident has been recorded.
“Fortunately the two injured people do not run any further danger,” the announcement said. “Our prayers are with them and we wish them a swift and full recovery, and we stand by them for whatever they need”.
The operating licence for the park had expired on March 31 and its renewal was expected in the coming days.
Director of the labour inspection department Anastasios Yiannaki said investigations were ongoing.