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Water ride injuries.

A 9-year-old's forehead was broken in four places and eyesockets shattered after she and her brother were sent too early down a slide and crashed into their dad at a Salt Lake City park; the boy suffered a concussion and lost teeth. Both feet were amputated on a 7-year-old boy whose foot was sucked into a pipe at a water slide's base in Pointe-Calumet, Quebec, Canada. A 39-year-old man's vertebrae were crushed and spinal cord bruised after a boogie board machine crash at a Bloomington, Minn., park. And a 10-year-old girl fell out of a raft on a funnel ride in Gurnee, Ill., receiving a concussion and 28 stitches. Experts say better staff training and rider awareness are needed to prevent accidents.

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Title Annotation:THE BUZZ: INDUSTRY TRENDS WORTH WATCHING
Author:Yu, Rin-rin
Publication:Aquatics International
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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