A terrifying video shows the moment a young boy is almost taken out by a pirate ship ride at a popular UK theme park.
Disturbed onlookers could be heard shouting "there's a kid" as they witnessed the lad jump the fence and run dangerously close to the huge swinging ride at Gulliver's World in Warrington, Cheshire, reports the Manchester Evening News.
He was fortunately saved just in time by a man who leapt over the barrier and whisked him away to safety.
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Dad Andy Moore, from Manchester, who was waiting in the queue with his own child when he saw the boy run out, said that the kid's parent was not seen for "a while" while he played with a cannon display in the dangerous location.
He told the newspaper: "He spent a while playing on the cannons while the pirate ship was in full swing. The staff member hadn’t seen at first but the queueing crowd had.
"The parent of the child was nowhere to be seen at first. Then the staff member saw what everyone was shouting at and stopped the ride.
"The child got very close to it and didn’t appear to realise the danger that was involved. A member of the public on the other side jumped over the fence to grab the child. I couldn’t as I didn’t want to leave my young child alone."
He said he believed there was "clearly an issue" when a child of that age was apparently able to enter the ride area, adding that it "could have been a lot worse."
Craig Clewes, resort director at Gulliver’s World, said: “We are aware of an incident in one of the ride enclosures at Gulliver’s World. Our staff responded quickly and followed our safety and reporting procedures.
“The safety of our customers and staff remains our number one priority.”
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