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Woman fighting for life and others hurt ‘flung from waltzer ride’ at festival

Emergency crews rushed to Fudstock Festival grounds in Cavendish Park, Barrow, with three people injured after a waltzer ride malfunctioned, it has been claimed

One person has been left fighting for their life after a ride malfunctioned at Fudstock Festival

A woman fighting for her life and two others requiring hospital treatment were injured after a waltzer ride malfunctioned at a festival, it has been claimed.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene at the Fudstock Festival in Barrow at around 8.30pm on Saturday evening, with two of those injured said to have been flung from the attraction.

The other is reported to have been trapped underneath the ride during the incident.

All patients were taken to Furness General Hospital, with the critical patient since transferred to Royal Preston Hospital, police confirmed this afternoon.

Cumbria Police has not said which ride was involved, though aside from the waltzers there was only several inflatable attractions, according to people who attended.

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The annual Fudstock Festival is held in Cavendish Park



Taking to Twitter, one eye witness said: “Two people thrown from a ride and one person trapped underneath it.”

Another person, who lives near to the festival ground, said they went into the street after they heard sirens and was told people had been “thrown from a ride”.

The injured man and one woman have since been released from hospital, police said in an update this afternoon.

While the other woman remains critical.

A joint investigation involving HSE and Cumbria Police is being conducted and a cordon remains in place at the scene whilst investigations continue, a force statement added.

Event organisers released a statement thanking those who attended and encouraging people “not to speculate” on what happened.

“Our thoughts and best wishes are with those involved, as we await further news,” they added, directing people to the NHS mental health crisis line on 0800 953 0110 if they needed support.

The event, at Cavendish Park, was supporting charitable organisation Charity St Mary’s Hospice.

The annual festival started several years ago to commemorate the life of Barrovian Richard Thorne (‘Fud’), who hoped to create a festival in his hometown.

The dad died from bowel cancer in 2018 at the age of just 38.

Writing on Facebook, the hospice said: “Although we are not directly involved in the organisation or planning of the event, we did have some fundraising staff and volunteers present to represent us.

“We have already been in touch with them, and the event’s organisers, to offer any immediate support they may need.

“We will be available to them to help in any way we can.”

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