Water Slide Scare at Dublin's New Park Prompts Investigation

Investigators on Monday returned to a brand new Dublin water park two days after a boy was thrown from the bottom of a three-story slide.

The boy only suffered some scratches after flying from the slide and skidding across the concrete below at The Wave water park, but investigators want to figure out what went wrong in hopes of preventing a similar incident from injuring any future parkgoers.

The slide involved and one directly next to the one out of which the boy fell were closed following the incident.

The slide's manufacturer and Cal-OSHA investigators, who cleared the ride for use Friday, were at the park Monday morning to inspect the ride. State investigators had already started an investigation Sunday.

Video captured by the Bay Area News Group shows the boy shoot down the open slide. As he reaches the flat section designed to slow riders down, his body glides across the slide's side wall before skimming across the concrete surface below.

A third slide at the park was also closed Sunday because of a faulty flow meter. That slide is scheduled to be reopened Monday.

The 31,00-square-foot, $43 million facility opened just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. The park features a 48-foot tall tower with a total of six water slides. There is also a smaller splash area for children and multiple swimming pools.

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