Tragedy Strikes: Man in His 40s Dies at UK’s Largest Outdoor Waterpark, Prompting Closure


A somber incident unfolded at the UK’s premier outdoor waterpark as a man in his 40s tragically lost his life. The incident occurred at Splashdown Quaywest in Paignton, Devon, casting a shadow over the park’s otherwise vibrant atmosphere.

The Unfortunate Turn of Events

Subheading: Emergency Response

Emergency responders swiftly reacted to the distressing situation at Splashdown Quaywest. The Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed the demise of a man in his 40s, following an incident that transpired earlier in the day.

The Official Statement

Subheading: Confirmation and Response

A spokesperson from Devon and Cornwall Police conveyed the following statement: “Following contact from the Ambulance Service shortly after midday on Wednesday, August 23rd, the police arrived at Splashdown Waterpark in Goodrington, Paignton. The Ambulance Service had responded to reports of a man experiencing a suspected medical episode on the premises.”

“Despite valiant efforts by those on-site, the man, hailing from the Bristol area and in his 40s, passed away. His family has been informed, and preparations are being made for a coroner’s inquiry.”

Park Closure in the Wake of Tragedy

Subheading: A Moment of Mourning

In light of the incident, the waterpark, teeming with visitors enjoying the sunshine, made the difficult decision to suspend operations. A Facebook post by the park communicated: “Around 12:15 today, an incident came to our attention at Splashdown Quaywest waterpark. The individual involved is currently receiving medical care from paramedics. With no further details available at this time, we’ve opted to close the waterpark for the day.”

“Until we have relevant information to share after liaising with the appropriate authorities, we request understanding as we navigate this unfolding situation and respect the privacy of the individual and their family. While we comprehend that this incident might have caused distress, the priority remains the well-being of the individual in this emergency. We regret any inconvenience.”

Community’s Response and Recognition

Subheading: A Heartfelt Acknowledgment

Amidst the online discussions, a visitor recounted their presence during the emergency and extended gratitude to those who extended aid. They noted the swift response of a nurse and lifeguard, with the lifeguard’s efforts being particularly laudable.

Ambulance Service Details

Subheading: Swift Medical Assistance

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust shared their involvement: “At 12:04, we received an emergency call from the Paignton area. Dispatched to the scene were two double-crewed land ambulances, an air ambulance, and an operations officer. One patient was transported to Torbay Hospital by land.”

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