At least 44 people injured in massive ‘tsunami’ at wave pool |

At least 44 people injured in massive ‘tsunami’ at wave pool

Chris Pastrick

You’d expect huge waves at a “tsunami pool.”

But swimmers at a water park in northeast China got a lot more than they bargained for Tuesday when a malfunction produced a massive wave that injured at least 44 of them.

The South China Morning Post reports the incident happened at the Yulong Shuiyun Water Amusement Park in Longjing, China.

A video clip, showing a fast-moving powerful wave overtaking swimmers.

A statement by the Longjing city government said five people remain in the hospital in stable condition.

“According to the initial stages of the investigation,” the statement said, “the incident was caused by a power cut that damaged electronic equipment in the tsunami pool control room, which led to the waves in the tsunami pool becoming too big and injuring people.”

A worker at the park said the tsunami pool had been shut down temporarily while an investigation was conducted, but that the pool was set to reopen Thursday.

“Online rumors say that a worker wrongly operated the controls, but in reality it was a problem with the equipment,” the worker told the Beijing Times.

Chris Pastrick is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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