​Water Ride Accident: Cedar Point Accident Injures 7 People

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July 22, 2013

Cedar Point park inspectors are trying to figure out an accident that involved a boat on a water ride. The boat accident happened in Ohio when it rolled backward down a hill, injuring seven people.

Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards says the inspectors and officials at the Sandusky amusement are investigating what went wrong with the Shoot the Rapids water attraction Friday.

Six of the injured passengers were treated at the scene. The seventh was taken to a nearby hospital and was treated and release.

Matthew Orr, of Euclid, was at the park and said people were belted into the boat and were trapped.

“We jumped in and helped them get out,” he told the newspaper. “If we didn’t help, I don’t even know what would have happened.”

In a 911 recording, the caller says she was on the ride when it capsized. “Some people are still in the water,” she tells the dispatcher.

Cedar Point officials said six of the seven boat passengers on the log flume were evaluated and treated at the park and then were released, and the other was taken to a hospital for further evaluation before being released.

Cedar Point, which says it has been rated the best amusement park in the world for 15 years in a row, is in Sandusky, along Lake Erie between Cleveland and Toledo. It’s owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.

The Shoot the Rapids ride, rated an Aggressive Thrill, “takes you up and splashes you down,” Cedar Point says on its website.

“Shoot the Rapids feels like a real wild river adventure with canyons, a tunnel and something unexpected around every corner!” it says.

The accident was being investigated by Cedar Point officials, who said they had reported it to state officials. They said the ride, which opened in 2010, will stay closed until park and state inspectors complete their review.