Thursday 23 November 2017

Full pool safety team was on duty at time of the incident

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

LIKE any water complex, it is the fun and frolics of the colourful rides that prove most attractive to the children.

It was in the recreational AquaZone -- which boasts seven different water attractions including a children's play pool, a pirate ship and a wave pool -- that the tragic incident occurred.

It is understood the four-year-old boy was in the 'Lazy River' when he got into difficulties at the National Aquatic Centre, in Abbotstown, Co Dublin.

He was seen on a different water slide attraction a short-time earlier.

The 'Lazy River' attraction winds its way around the various attractions in the recreational AquaZone area.

On the website it is marked as 1.2 metres, or 4ft, in depth. No age limit is given.

The person simply sits or swims in the gentle flow of the channel of water as the current moves at around two miles an hour along the route.

The trip, described as "relaxing" on the centre's website, takes about 10 minutes if the person travels along the entire 120-metre ride.

Peak

Some of the other attractions in the AquaZone are more intense, with the 'Master Blaster' involving a rollercoaster-style slide; while another ride involves people sitting in 'flumes' or tunnels that curve through the air before the person slides down into the water.

There is also a 'pirate ship' ride in the centre, with small slides for under-eights.

A source indicated the centre had a "full team" of safety personnel at work at the time the tragic incident occurred.

During the peak summer season, accessing the rides and slides in the AquaZone costs €13.50 per adult, €11.50 per child, with children under three free of charge.

The National Aquatic Centre is among the world's largest indoor water centres boasting a 10-lane 50-by-25 metre international swimming pool, a 25-metre diving pool and seating for 2,500 spectators.

Flags at the centre were flying at half mast yesterday.

Irish Independent

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