Trip to Kenosee Superslides ends in hospital visit
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A family trip to the waterslides at Kenosee Lake ended with a hospital visit when a young girl cut her foot on one of the slides.
“I was going down the six-foot drip waterslide, and there was a piece of fibre glass hanging and I cut my foot on it,” said 13-year-old Rylynn Kohli.
Kohli needed stitches and is using crutches to get around. She says the injury has sidelined her from her job and summer activities.
“I can’t work at the Blue Bird right now,” she said. “I have my assistant life-guarding course that I can’t take right now.”
Kohli’s aunt posted photos of her niece’s injury on Facebook, warning others to be careful on the slides. The post has nearly 5,000 shares and 2,000 comments from people who have had similar experiences.
Mark Hawkins, president of the Kenosee Superslides board of directors, told CTV News in a written statement that the company is sincerely sorry for Kohli’s injury.
“When this incident occurred, the slide in question was immediately closed and repaired,” the statement said. “Each day our staff carefully inspects all of our slides by walking the entire length of each side. Kenosee Superslides Inc. has made significant efforts to upgrade our slides, and will continue to do so.”
While the company says safety is its number one priority, Kohli’s mother Tracy feels the incident is the result of negligence.
“When you go to the waterslides, you realize there is a potential risk in taking part in activities like that,” she said. “But, at the end of the day, an injury like has is just due to a lack of maintenance and safety.”
The Kohlis say they don’t plan to return to the slides because the risk of injury is too big.
Based on a report by CTV Regina's Madina Azizi