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Boy, 5, launched 20 feet from waterpark slide as eyewitnesses watched in horror

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A five-year-old boy has been left with life-changing injuries after flying down a waterslide ruled unsafe for children.

The horror incident was watched by customers at the SOAKya waterpark inside the Lake Winnepesaukah amusement park in Georgia, United States, earlier this month.

The unnamed boy was riding a double tube slide when he flew off it and suffered horrific injuries after falling between 15 and 20 feet.

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He was rushed to a nearby medical facility in Chattanooga, where he is thought to still be nearly one week later.

The Twist-N-Shout ride has restrictions placed on it, where only those over 42 inches tall are allowed on it.

The park's own website reads: “This is an intense ride and is not suitable for young riders or those with health conditions.”

However, it is thought the boy went on the slide with a parent, and park officials were adamant that “all safety guidelines were observed” at the time.

A spokesman said earlier today: “The State of Georgia today reinspected the Twist-N-Shout water ride in operation, including the rider tubes, the ride foundation, and signage and reopened it.

“Lake Winnepesaukah is a family amusement park that prides itself on a safe, welcome atmosphere.”

Speaking to local news outlet WJCL, park-goer Ginger Bence claims she saw the boy “fly out”, followed by panicked park staff blowing whistles.

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She said: “I don't think I'll ever forget it.

“I thought 'Is he alive?'

“I just thought that everything could have been done a little differently.”

No update has been given on the condition of the boy, and no comment has been made by the parent who is said to have gone on the ride with him.

No other investigations are being launched and the ride reopened on Thursday – although it is not clear whether any modifications have been made to it.

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