A dad told of his terror after he claims a malfunctioning rollercoaster sent him and his two children hurtling 30ft backwards and then plunged them under water.
John Mulvaney was on Flamingo Land’s “showpiece” Lost River Ride with his sons Cian, six, and Owen, four, when the horror unfolded.
The log flume suddenly stopped its steep ascent and the carriage then plummeted backwards into the lake at the bottom of the ride, reports the Daily Record.
The Edinburgh family say they were then trapped underwater briefly as they were tightly strapped in by a safety bar.
The 36-year-old said his kids were left in shock after they heard a “snapping noise” and plunged down the slope at the North Yorkshire resort on Friday.
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John is now demanding an overhaul of the ride and has hit out at park staff who he says were slow to respond to the breakdown.
He said: “It was horrific. We got a fair dunt when we hit the water. You’re not supposed to hit the water that way.
“We were sat in the back row and the boat went underwater for two to three seconds.
“The water rushed over my two children’s heads and then, thankfully, the weight at the front of the boat tipped it upright.
“This could have been so much worse as we were sitting with seatbelts on and a harness over us.”
John, who is also dad to Isla, eight, was on the last day of a four-day trip to the park with his family when the incident happened.
While the family were uninjured, John said their safety bar was jammed shut following impact.
He says he had to “squeeze out” while staff were slow to evacuate stunned families.
John claimed the ride – which is 60ft high and promises a “gentle riverboat safari” – was open a day later, despite bosses assuring him a full probe would be carried out.
And he refused to take his children on any more rides after Friday’s incident and says he will not return to the park.
He said: “My six-year-old was just starting to enjoy theme park rides, so this is going to have a lasting effect.
“I genuinely feel this place is an accident waiting to happen and if something happened to another family, I would never forgive myself if I didn’t speak out.”
Mirror Online has contacted Flamingo Land about the Mulvaney family’s experience.