Woman stuck on waterslide sues for $400k

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Woman stuck on waterslide sues for $400k

Postby Zamperla » Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:27 pm

A CHILDCARE worker is suing Wet 'n' Wild for $400,000 in damages after she became stuck in a waterslide.

Cherie Schramm, 30, lined up to ride the newly opened Aqua Loop waterslide on January 2 last year but became stuck halfway.

The Pimpama woman did not gather enough speed to complete the full loop and slid back and forth inside the slide before coming to rest at the bottom of the loop.

In a damages claim filed in the Southport District Court on May 22, Ms Schramm said she became "frightened" and feared another rider would ram into her, reported the Gold Coast Bulletin.

She said she had not been properly warned about the potential to become stuck or what to do in such a situation. She said in a panic she reached up and found an escape hatch and hauled herself up and out using her left arm.

In court documents she claims that as a result of her panicked exit she suffered a partially torn rotator cuff in her left shoulder and ongoing mental issues.

Her representatives from McCowans Solicitors claim Wet 'n' Wild owner Village Roadshow Pty Ltd failed to keep patrons safe.

It was acknowledged that each of the four Aqua Loop slides had a built-in escape hatch, a fenced concrete platform and a descending staircase attached to allow stuck riders to exit safely.

Ms Schramm's lawyers claim Wet 'n' Wild should have provided instructions or directions to water park users, either through a recorded message, intercom session or by written signage at the point of exit, on how to safely exit the ride.

They claim riders should be pre-warned that in case of emergency, the Aqua Loop slide would stop operating and no new riders would be allowed on until the stuck person had left through the escape hatch.

Lastly, the lawyers argue riders should be warned to stand up in the tube to exit through the escape hatch and not to haul themselves out while lying down in the tube.

Ms Schramm is claiming $400,000 in damages, including $250,000 for economic loss over 35 years, $21,200 in general damages and $84,654.90 for future paid care.

A Village Roadshow Limited theme parks spokesman said the matter was in the hands of its insurers and declined to comment.

McCowans Solicitors did not return the Bulletin's repeated phone calls.

Ms Schramm refused to comment yesterday.

Source: Gold Coast Bulletin, June 14, 2012

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Re: Woman stuck on waterslide sues for $400k

Postby Top Gunner14 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:35 pm

Stupid bitch, no way she should be getting that. What's the world coming to?

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Re: Woman stuck on waterslide sues for $400k

Postby Hurricane » Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:43 pm

I can't comment too much on the situation due to my work contract... but there ARE signs posted at the bottom of the slide and the top stating WHAT to do in the event you don't make it around... not to mention they have a COMMUNICATION SYSTEM in place so the attendants at the top of the slide can talk through what to do to the person at the bottom of the tube...

I can't really say too much more, but yeah...
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Re: Woman stuck on waterslide sues for $400k

Postby Mixerholic » Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:24 am

How could you not get enough momentum to do the full loop?
I am a ride operators dream or nightmare...you decide.

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Re: Woman stuck on waterslide sues for $400k

Postby Hurricane » Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:49 pm

There are lots of variables... weight, height, water pressure even the board shorts you are wearing... They weigh EVERY guest before riding and if you are not between 45kg and 120kg you don't ride.

The park has been tinkering with many things such as no rash tops allowed to making everyone wear a rash top... and now they even are using a backboard to try and make it less common. Thing is though... the slide is DESIGNED for this to happen...
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Re: Woman stuck on waterslide sues for $400k

Postby Top Gunner14 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:42 pm

Would love to have seen here face if there was no escape hatch :lol:

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Re: Woman stuck on waterslide sues for $400k

Postby Zamperla » Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:26 pm

It's not even a proper looping waterslide, like this one

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Re: Woman stuck on waterslide sues for $400k

Postby benclare » Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:42 pm

A little bit scary perhaps but not worth suing over IMO.


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