Saturday 22 July 2017

'Hold your loved ones close' - First picture of boy (5) crushed to death inside revolving restaurant

Five-year-old boy who was crushed to death at popular rotating restaurant after getting pinned between a wall and the spinning table. Photo: Holt Family handout
Five-year-old boy who was crushed to death at popular rotating restaurant after getting pinned between a wall and the spinning table. Photo: Holt Family handout

Catherine Devine and Niamh McIntyre

The five-year-old boy who died after getting caught in the mechanism of a revolving restaurant in one of Atlanta’s most popular tourist attractions has been named as Charlie Holt.

The five-year-old was having lunch with his family at the Sun Dial restaurant, which is on the 72nd storey of the Westin Peachtree Plaza skyscraper.

Firefighters were called to the restaurant on Friday afternoon when the boy got his head stuck in a five-inch gap between the stationary floor and the restaurant’s rotating wall.

Rescuers took 30 minutes to free the child from the gap, by which point he had sustained serious head injuries.

The boy, who was visiting the city with family from North Carolina, was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died.

“The child was in the restaurant having lunch with his family and doing what small children do,” said a spokesperson for Atlanta Police Department.

“We simply think he lost sight of his parents and panicked and found himself in that situation.

“A small child doesn’t know what to do in those moments, and it crushed his small body.”

The manager of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel said in a statement that he would make every effort to assist the police in their investigation.

“Words cannot express the depths of our sorrow,” the statement said. “Our thoughts remain with the family.”

The family have released a statement asking for prayers and privacy.

“The family asks for prayers and privacy right now to come to terms with this tragedy,” the statement read. “No words can express their loss. If you have a loved one, please give them an extra hug today.”

The boy's death comes just a year after a 61-year-old employee died at the same hotel after she was accidentally locked in a freezer overnight.

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