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Theme park closes after boy's death

A theme park closed its doors to the public "as a mark of respect" to the family of a boy who died after falling from a zip-wire ride.

The 11-year-old was killed when he fell off the SwampFlyer ride at Greenwood Forest Park in Snowdonia on Easter Sunday.

North Wales Police, the Health and Safety Executive and Gwynedd Council have launched a joint investigation.

The park is expected to reopen on Tuesday.

Police confirmed the boy, who has not yet been identified, was from the Blackpool area of Lancashire. Chief Superintendent Neil Anderson said: "Our deepest sympathies are with the family. A joint investigation into the incident by North Wales Police and the local authority is continuing."

On Sunday Steve Williams, operations manager at the park, said the "safety kit" on the ride had been inspected in the morning in line with procedure and everything was in order. The park is also carrying out its own inquiry, he said.

The boy fell from the zip-wire ride which goes up to 30ft at its highest point.

Police were called to Greenwood Forest Park Centre at 4.40pm on Easter Sunday. The boy was air-lifted to hospital where he later died.

According to the theme park's website, the zip-wire was launched just last Monday. The website states: "The SwampFlyer is the longest Zip Wire in Wales and boasts one of the best views here in Wales of Snowdon and Carneddau Mountains.

"It's a ride that requires visitors to 'launch' themselves off a cliff in the wildwood, through the tree-tops and over the swamp on a 145 metre-long zip wire."


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