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40 injured after chemical leak at Haven swimming pool

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40 injured after chemical leak at Haven swimming pool

Post by Keith » 2 years ago

Around forty people have been injured after a chemical leak at a swimming pool this afternoon.

Families were evacuated from Wild Duck Holiday Park in Belton, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and a 65ft cordon was put in place around the building by emergency services.

The alarm was raised after reports that swimmers were suffering stinging to their eyes, with scores of people - including a three-year-old child - treated for injuries after the pool was evacuated.

A spokesman for Wild Duck Holiday Park said 33 people were 'walking wounded' after the 'gas chemical leak', including a three-year-old child.

'There was a gas chemical leak earlier this afternoon in the pool and entertainment complex. The alarms went off and staff immediately evacuated the pool and the surrounding area,' the spokesman said.

He added: 'It's a warm, summer's day so the pool was busy with children and parents at the time.

'People were treated on site by first aiders - including six lifeguards - before the police and emergency services arrived at the site.

'33 people have been taken to three local hospitals as a precaution. They include one three-year-old child and a member of staff.

'The casualties have been described to me as walking wounded.

'Obviously the park is now in lockdown while they try and source the chemical leak.'

East of England Ambulance Service said paramedics were on the scene five minutes after they were called to the holiday park at around 2.30pm.

A spokeswoman said 37 people were being treated in total, with eight in hospital and 29 tended to at the park.

She added: 'We are currently assessing and monitoring 29 patients at the site who are suffering with breathing problems, none of whom are thought to be serious condition.

'In addition, eight patients have been taken to the James Paget Hospital with asthma and breathing problems, all of whom were in a stable condition.

'Ambulance crews continue to work closely with both police and fire colleagues.

'A number of emergency vehicles have been sent including three ambulance officers, five ambulances, two critical care paramedics and the Hazardous Area Response Team.'

Norfolk Police said the park was given the all-clear just before 6pm this evening.

Superintendent Roger Wiltshire said: 'The incident was quickly contained and the site has now been declared safe by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

'The casualties have now been transferred to hospital to be treated and there is no further risk to those staying on the site or to anyone living locally.'

Wild Duck Holiday Park is set within trees and lakes in a forest.

On its website it promises customers a 'relaxing time', with the resort boasting a restaurant, play area, sports court and pools, including a seaside-themed outdoor pool.

Its website states: 'Our turquoise pools are a great place to go for a swim.

'Our outdoor pool is open from 22 May till the end of August - for sunny days.'

'Our indoor pool is heated - great for those rainy days. Take a swim or have a splash at our at our pool party. We even have some paddling areas for toddlers.'

Haven has been contacted for comment.

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Re: 40 injured after chemical leak at Haven swimming pool

Post by Keith 2 » 2 years ago

Lets hope all recover and our thoughts must be with all the families at a worrying time.

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Re: 40 injured after chemical leak at Haven swimming pool

Post by bottoc » 2 years ago

Wishing all those involved a speedy recovery

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'Piece of grit' caused chemical leak at holiday park

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All Haven holiday parks are inspecting the control systems of their swimming pools following a chemical leak at the Wild Duck Holiday Park in Norfolk.

The parks operator said that a day of 'intense investigation' at Wild Duck revealed that a piece of grit had entered the system that controls the amount of chlorine and disinfectant pumped into the pool, jamming the flow switch open.

"This resulted in a higher than acceptable amount of chemicals entering the pool," said general manager at Wild Duck, Simon Prictchard.

As a result, 40 guests were treated for breathing problems, 30 of them were hospitalised.

Haven said it was optimistic the pool would reopen today. "While this is welcome news for the resort and holidaymakers, everyone at the park continues to concentrate their efforts on assisting and comforting those who were affected by the chemical leak. Team members have been liaising with those still undergoing treatment and others who have returned to the park," said a spokeswoman.

The park has been working with the local environmental officer, members of the fire and rescue services and technicians from Haven Holidays to identify the cause of the chemical leak on Sunday afternoon.

"I am delighted that we have identified the problem that caused the pool to be evacuated and that our guests and families will soon be able to enjoy the facilities in the knowledge that everything is perfectly safe," added Pritchard.

"Our team of highly skilled and experienced technicians in the maintenance and mechanics of swimming pools arrived on Sunday evening and have been working closely with the Environmental Health officials and other safety officers.

"They have identified a problem with a flow switch in part of the pool's chemical and circulation system. This controls the amount of chlorine and disinfectant that is pumped into the pool on a regular cycle.

"Unfortunately, a small piece of grit found its way into the switch and blocked it in the open position. This resulted in a higher than acceptable amount of chemicals entering the pool."

As an added precaution, leisure managers at all Haven Holiday resorts operating the same control systems in their pools are now carrying out similar inspections.

Pritchard said he would like to thank all his caravan owners and holidaymakers 'for their outstanding efforts in quickly and orderly evacuating the pool and entertainment complex' on Sunday afternoon.

"They were tremendous in their efforts to assist fellow holidaymakers who were temporarily overcome by fumes, and in helping our team members before the police and emergency services arrived."
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Re: 40 injured after chemical leak at Haven swimming pool

Post by Linpclarke » 2 years ago

Was in the owners office when the alarm went off. Emergency services arrived within minutes. Staff were very professional and the episode was handled excellently.
This is our 4th year at the Wild Duck and we consider it to be the best Haven has (moved to Church Farm and within six weeks we were moving back). The Wild Duck is small, friendly, tidy and clean. Great owners entertainment and great staff.

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