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NEAR DEATH Waterslide Accident: Launch and Fall

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Uploaded on May 11, 2011

See it in SLOW MO at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NXxS...
I shot this video at Utah's Seven Peaks Waterpark in 2008. It is possible to get going fast enough to completely leave the slip n slide. This kid barely avoided falling to his death. He was a little banged up and freaked out when I talked to him at the bottom. Should they close slides like this?
The way the slip n slide works is as follows: it starts out with a gentle downward slope while you are inside a tunnel. Then, right before you emerge from the tunnel, the slide drops suddenly. It is fun to try to get up your speed in the gentle part so that when the drop comes you catch a lot of air. People have gotten hurt at this park before, but to my knowledge it was on another slide and not this one. This kid came pretty close though. He swung his body into the slide as fast as he could in order to get up as much speed as possible. It might not be the world's largest or longest launch, but it was almost enough to cause him to drift over the side rim and fall to his death. In the slo mo version of this video, you can see him hitting his torso on the wall of the slide before landing back down safely. He was really freaked out! Nowadays, many waterslides, like the carnival spirit green thunder, are completely enclosed so that this type of accident is not a possibility. Something like this would be even scarier on the upcoming slide called the Verruckt, at Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City.

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