Boy, 8, fights for life after he’s found hanging from amusement park rope ladder

An indoor amusement park was almost struck by tragedy as an eight-year-old boy was left hanging by his neck after becoming entangled in a rope ladder.

The Thrillz High Flying Adventure Park in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA, was the scene of the incident on Saturday night (February 25) which left witnesses traumatised.

Elizabeth O'Reilly was at the park with her son and nephew and said that she heard "a lot of screaming and shouting from the employees".

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"They were screaming at everybody to just evacuate, get out of the building. And it was very confusing," she said.

After seeing the boy, who was caught in the rope ladder while people were trying to free him, it was two off-duty police officers that came to his rescue.

Alongside some park employees, they began performing CPR on the child.

Lisa Cannon, the owner of Thrillz, spoke on the incident and said: "Within 10 seconds, our safety monitors formed a response team along with off-duty police officers and a nurse who was also on-site.

"Our staff followed protocol and communicated via our internal radio system to our CPR and First Aid certified team members."

The child ended up regaining consciousness after responding to the CPR and was able to speak with first responders before he was transported to Paoli Hospital.

"We are told by police that the boy is okay and the injury is not serious," Ms Cannon wrote.

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She continued: "Our operations team includes a former military officer, who is a certified ride inspector by the Agriculture Department of Pennsylvania, which oversees ride and amusement safety in the state.

"The rope ladder complies with ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards, which specify a nine-inch gap between knots, however, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to further enhance the safety of our equipment by ordering a softer and tighter rope ladder."

Ms O'Reilly spoke about the emotional impact the situation had on her son and nephew.

"My son and my nephew were really upset. They just wanted to go. I mean, my son was on the verge of tears. A lot of children were crying. A lot of adults were crying," she said.


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