Investigations continue after child injured on Movie World ride

A popular carousel ride at Movie World will remain closed today after a child was injured in a freak accident yesterday.

The 12-year-old boy suffered a “deep laceration to the back of his head” after falling from the Looney Tunes carousel ride at about 1pm.

The youngster was treated at the scene by both a registered nurse at the Oxenford theme park and an off-duty registered nurse before paramedics arrived on scene and took over.


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“The first aid was very important, I think it calmed a lot of people down at the scene,” Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor William Houghton said.

“They rendered good first aid and stemmed the bleeding so when we arrived he was in the best care.”

The child remains in the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said his thoughts are with the boy’s family.

“Work safety officers and police will manage the incident and council will make no further comment,” he said.

Village Roadshow has confirmed an investigation into the cause of the incident is underway.

“Our thoughts are with the guest and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery,” they said in a statement.

“We pride ourselves on our standards of care and quality and an investigation is being conducted as a matter of priority into the exact cause of the incident.

“In an abundance of caution the ride has been closed while we understand how the incident occurred”.