A POPULAR waterpark in the Moorlands has temporarily closed this week after staff and visitors reported irritation to their eyes and throat. The incident happened at Alton Towers Resort at around 1pm on Monday (March 2). A total of 39 people - 33 adults and six children – were assessed by medical staff while an investigation “focusing on air quality” was carried out by Staffordshire Fire & Rescue.
An Alton Towers spokesperson said yesterday: “The waterpark was closed yesterday (Monday, March 2), after staff and guests reported irritation to their eyes and throat.
“Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service conducted a thorough investigation yesterday and monitored the air quality in the waterpark.
“We continue to monitor the air quality today to ensure this was an isolated occurrence.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed that they sent a number of resources to the incident. They said: “We were called to the waterpark at Alton Towers at 1.33pm on Monday to reports of patients feeling unwell.
“We sent a number of resources, including the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, three paramedic officers and an ambulance to the scene.
“Crews assessed 39 patients (33 adults and six children) who were all later discharged at the scene.”
Meanwhile a spokesman for Staffordshire Fire & Rescue said: “Crews from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the waterpark to carry out an investigation and monitor the air quality.
“Appropriate advice has been given and we will continue to work alongside the Alton Towers Resort.”
When quizzed further by the Times & Echo, neither Alton Towers nor Staffordshire Fire and Rescue gave any confirmation as to what actually caused the incident. The spokesman for Alton Towers simply added: “The investigation was focussed on air quality.”
The spokesman also added: “The waterpark was not due to open today (Tuesday), but we hope to open later this week as planned.
“Any guests hoping to visit the waterpark in the coming days should check our website for opening times: www.altontowers.com.”
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