Terror as inflatable collapses on students from Selby College

END-OF-TERM celebrations ended in terror for students at a North Yorkshire college when an inflatable broke loose from its moorings.

The 29ft-tall slide was hired by Selby College, but hours into the event the inflatable toppled over and injured three students.

A statement from the college said the students, aged between 17 and 18, received first aid from college staff, and were taken to hospital for further treatment.

“We understand all three students were released from hospital within a matter of hours with minor injuries,” said the statement. “The college is now undertaking a detailed investigation into the circumstances that led to the incident.”

Two ambulances, a rapid-response vehicle and an emergency care practitioner were called to the scene just before 2pm on Friday.

An ex-student from the college, who was at the event but wished to remain anonymous, said about ten people were on the slide just before it toppled.

“It was going really well, but the next thing, I heard screams and saw the slide was rolling over backwards,” he said.

“I helped roll the slide back and there were three students trapped underneath. One male student was unconscious, I think one was having a fit because he was having problems breathing, and a female student tore muscles in her left leg.”

A representative from the Health and Safety Executive said event organisers had ten days to report any incident to them, and confirmed they had not yet been approached regarding Friday’s event.

• In July 2006, two women were killed and several others were injured when an inflatable artwork the size of a football pitch was blown into the air in Darlington.

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11:48am Thu 8 Jul 10

Whistlejacket says...

"Terror" seems to be overstating it a bit.
How about " Mild concern as three slightly hurt in term-end tomfoolery"?
It's hardly the Blitz, is it?
"Terror" seems to be overstating it a bit. How about " Mild concern as three slightly hurt in term-end tomfoolery"? It's hardly the Blitz, is it? Whistlejacket

4:15pm Thu 8 Jul 10

uglyboy says...

Whistlejacket wrote:
"Terror" seems to be overstating it a bit.
How about " Mild concern as three slightly hurt in term-end tomfoolery"?
It's hardly the Blitz, is it?
EVERYTHING that happens according to the Press is either a terror, drama, horror etc.

I got a paper cut today and the headline is going to be.

YORK MAN INJURED IN KILLER A4 HORROR

Code words - cold news. A bit like 99% "stories" on this website
[quote][p][bold]Whistlejacket[/bold] wrote: "Terror" seems to be overstating it a bit. How about " Mild concern as three slightly hurt in term-end tomfoolery"? It's hardly the Blitz, is it?[/p][/quote]EVERYTHING that happens according to the Press is either a terror, drama, horror etc. I got a paper cut today and the headline is going to be. YORK MAN INJURED IN KILLER A4 HORROR Code words - cold news. A bit like 99% "stories" on this website uglyboy

5:10pm Thu 8 Jul 10

uglyboy says...

Nice to see that the ex-student is NOT a medical student.
Nice to see that the ex-student is NOT a medical student. uglyboy

7:29pm Thu 8 Jul 10

muckychimney says...

Happened LAST Friday just before 2pm, what is the point in reporting old news precisely ?
Happened LAST Friday just before 2pm, what is the point in reporting old news precisely ? muckychimney

11:14pm Thu 8 Jul 10

King Edward says...

Who did the risk assessment - one of the students? Probably couldn't read!
Who did the risk assessment - one of the students? Probably couldn't read! King Edward

8:24am Fri 9 Jul 10

Mr Udigawa says...

Still no news article on the youg girl who was thrown from the top of a 30 foot ride at Copmanthorpe Carnival.
I would have thought that was more news worthy than this story.
Strange how certain stories manage to get overlooked isn't it?
Does Max Clifford live in Cop by any chance?
Still no news article on the youg girl who was thrown from the top of a 30 foot ride at Copmanthorpe Carnival. I would have thought that was more news worthy than this story. Strange how certain stories manage to get overlooked isn't it? Does Max Clifford live in Cop by any chance? Mr Udigawa

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