High ropes course closed after woman suffers serious injuries

PUBLISHED: 13:27 20 June 2013 | UPDATED: 09:46 03 July 2013

High ropes course

High ropes course

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A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital after falling at Welwyn Garden City’s new high ropes course, forcing officials to cancel its opening and close it.

The accident took place around 7.20pm yesterday (Wednesday) evening, with a woman in her 40s sustaining serious pelvic injuries.

An air ambulance transferred her to The Royal London Hospital after a paramedic tended to her at the scene.

The Closer to the Edge course, in Stanborough Park, was due to open to the public on Saturday.

Selected guests, including councillors, had been invited to try it in advance of the ribbon cutting.

The identity of the injured woman is unknown at the time of publication.

Welwyn Hatfield Council had ploughed £500,000 into the project, which is operated by Finesse Leisure.

A council spokesman said: “There was an incident on the high ropes course in Stanborough Park yesterday evening (Wednesday) when a woman fell.

“Finesse Leisure staff administered first aid straight away and called the emergency services. The course was cleared of all other visitors as quickly as possible.

“Finesse Leisure, the operator of the facility, has closed the site with immediate effect.

“Safety is of paramount importance both to Finesse Leisure and the council. A full investigation is being conducted by Finesse Leisure.

“The site will remain closed while this takes place.”

The Health and Safety Executive has been notified.


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