DUBLIN, Calif. (KTVU)
State investigators on Tuesday said that water park officials are looking into whether there was the correct amount of water at the bottom of the Emerald Plunge, a ride that caused a 10-year-old boy to be thrown from the bottom of the slide onto the concrete this weekend.
Cal-OSHA spokeswoman Erika Monterroza told KTVU that while the investigation is wide open, one area that's being looked into is whether the proper amount of water as per the manufacturer's guidelines was used to fill up the bottom ride, The Emerald Plunge.
Monterroza added she did not have more detail that that, and that the full investigation has not been completed. There are also a variety of other factors being looked into as well, she added.
The Emerald Plunge is an open water slide that plunges at an 80-degree angle before flattening out at the bottom.
Cal-OSHA investigators are working with WhiteWater West, the manufacturer of the slide, to determine exactly what happened to the boy, whose fall was captured by a Bay Area News Group photographer. The boy only suffered some minor scrapes and bruises. But the ride was shut down, alongside the Dublin Screamer, another drop ride, until officials at Dublin's new water park, The Wave, can figure out what happened. The boy was ejected on opening day.
"It was a disappointing start," Dublin spokeswoman Shari Jackman said. "But we are eternally grateful the boy wasn’t hurt.”