Waterparks are usually fun places where thrill-seekers can drop down water slides, and the sedentary set can relax in a wave pool.
Unlike the beach, guests can safely enjoy themselves in a controlled environment of a water park without concerns of sharks or rip currents dragging them out to sea.
But even controlled environments have freak accidents.
WAVE POOL MALFUNCTIONS! Releasing GIANT WAVE! (44 people injured) www.youtube.com
A park employee cited an "accidental breakdown in machinery" as the culprit for the malfunction.
The statement issued from the Longjing city government read:
"According to the initial stages of the investigation, 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."
Wave pool malfunction injures 44 at Shuiyun Water Park in Jilin Province, north-eastern China.… https://t.co/ZyaTqkQ7wN— Tokyo Outsider 🌏 🇪🇺 (@Tokyo Outsider 🌏 🇪🇺)1564617587.0
Thankfully, there were no fatalities.
A local government announcement reported that five of the victims are still being treated at the hospital but remain in stable condition.
Even though nobody died, the accident was far from humorous.
People couldn't help but leave insensitive comments after watching the video, while most were speechless over the magnitude of the rising tide.
@tokyo_0 Malfunction? That looks like the best wave pool ever!— Krog NoLike (@Krog NoLike)1564659878.0
@KrogNolike @tokyo_0 It would be bad ass. I would love it only if the pool didnt have a lot of people in it.— Kenro said so (@Kenro said so)1564665602.0
@tokyo_0 Jesus wtf— Woah there (@Woah there)1564653407.0
@BNONews This tsunami training is getting out of control🌊— wu (@wu)1564664038.0
@Complex bruh imagine enjoying a regular aged wave machine, then BOOM, real life kick in and you confused asf drift… https://t.co/61n4YlZUmj— caleb smith (@caleb smith)1564677849.0
China has earned a reputation for things that don't always go as planned.
@tokyo_0 From drugs, to motor vehicle drivers, to trains, and now wave pools - nothing in #China is safe. #thatsnotfunny!— 🇺🇸💪CryptoCommander (@🇺🇸💪CryptoCommander)1564653521.0
@CrossfitToddc @tokyo_0 China is in such a rush to have the best and biggest of everything. They said 10 years ago… https://t.co/luPcYsW2ih— Kenro said so (@Kenro said so)1564665828.0
@BNONews Quality Chinese Engineering— Toffee Fever (@Toffee Fever)1564623447.0
@andrewkimmel Lawsuit city— Zion a legend (@Zion a legend)1564606667.0
A visit to the beach may be a safer bet.
@BNONews @lookner Seriously, don’t go to amusement parks in 2nd & 3rd world countries.— William Donovan (@William Donovan)1564623123.0
A childhood fear manifested as a real-life nightmare.
@Complex I remember being frightened as a child being made to go into one of those "wave pools"— Nick Revell (@Nick Revell)1564677752.0
@Complex Just when you thought it was safe🤦🏽♀️. So awful— Tarsha (@Tarsha)1564682614.0
Another Shuiyun Waterpark employee was quoted as saying:
"Online rumors say that a worker wrongly operated the controls, but in reality, it was a problem with the equipment. The park closed for a day for repairs, but the investigation is over and the park will open as usual tomorrow."
The park is considered the biggest of the various attractions offered in Jilin province.
A different amusement park in the Sichuan province in southwest China didn't fare as well. Two people died and 12 others were injured after falling off a slide at Children's Garden in Taiping.
Wishing everyone from Sunday's incident a speedy recovery.