Four injured at UK safari park after boat capsizes on wild river rafting ride

Emergency services were scrambled to a safari park near Birmingham after four people were injured when their boat capsized on a wild river rafting ride.

A woman was taken to hospital and three more were injured after an incident on a ride at West Midlands Safari Park in Bewdley, Worcestershire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said one crew was sent to the scene before the woman was rushed to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

A spokeswoman for the service said: "We were called at 2.54pm on Sunday to West Midlands Safari Park in Bewdley.

"One ambulance attended and treated one woman who was being cared for by safari park staff after reportedly being injured on a water ride.

"The woman was assessed and given treatment on scene for injuries not believed to be serious before she was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks," she told BirminghamLive.

It is understood the ride was closed down immediately after the accident and West Midlands Safari Park said emergency services were called "as a precaution".

A spokesperson for the popular attraction said: "We can confirm that emergency services were called to the Park as a precautionary measure following an incident involving our Wild River Rafting ride.

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"Four visitors received treatment for minor injuries and are being looked at closely.

"We will continue to cooperate with the emergency services to support them at this time.

"Additional clarity and information will be provided when there are further updates."

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The park said the raft "turned upside down" due to "excessive movement inside the boat".

Georgia Hodgkiss, 22, from Sutton Coldfield, who was visiting with her family on Sunday, told Express and Star she had heard a "bang" and saw the dinghy had turned over.

She said: "I did not see it happen properly, but I heard it – I heard a bang.

"I was stood near to where you queue for the Wild River Rafting ride and I saw the four people coming from under the dinghy which had turned over.

"There was four of them coming from underneath, they were drenched.

"They looked so confused and they just looked in shock."

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