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Probe after boy hurt at theme park

A theme park is at the centre of a health and safety investigation after a 12-year-old schoolboy fell from a ride and was seriously injured.

The youngster came off the Excalibur 2 ride at Camelot Theme Park, in Chorley, Lancashire, on Tuesday afternoon before being rushed to hospital.

One man told The Lancashire Evening Post the boy was seen hanging from the white-knuckle ride, which spins revellers around on a rotating arm.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Lancashire Police have launched a joint probe into the circumstances of the incident.

Lancashire Police said the boy, who is yet to be identified, was from Halifax and appeared to have fallen from the ride. A spokesman said: "The circumstances as to how he fell are being investigated."

North West Ambulance Service said the victim was taken to Wigan Royal Infirmary after being seriously injured.

A spokeswoman for Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust said he was in a "comfortable and stable" condition. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Roy Page, chief executive of Knights Leisure Limited, operators of Camelot, told the Evening Post: "Our thoughts are with the young boy and his family. Until we have more information to hand, it would be inappropriate to make any further comment."

The newspaper said the Excalibur 2 is one of Camelot's most popular rides and was installed 10 years ago. It is described on the park's website as "fearsome, stomach churning and a test of the nerves", and has a minimum height restriction of 1.4 metres.

The ride will remain closed until the operator has conducted an internal investigation and the HSE confirmed it is safe to re-open, the paper added.

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