A Penarth professor who was injured on the “Space Bowl” water-slide at Cardiff International Pool is now passing on a formal complaint he’s made to the pool management to Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) and to Vaughan Gething (Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth .
The incident happened on March 10th 2018 when Dr Marc Buehner and his family were at the International Pool – just across the River Ely from Penarth.
Dr Buehner says his slide down the Space Bowl was the last of the day. He’s told the pool management “Within seconds of staring the ride, I noticed that something was wrong — my back hurt and burnt and I did what I could to slow down the ride. It very much felt as if there was not enough water flowing down the flume — there was too much friction.
Upon exiting the slide Dr Buehner says “I rejoined with my family and told them what happened. They looked at my back and were horrified to see two bruises / gym burns just above my buttock, and two matching holes in my swimming trunks “.
The duty manager was informed immediately, recorded the incident in the accident book and assured Dr Buehner me he would contact him “within a few days with further information, once an investigation has taken place.”
The manager later informed Dr Buehner that “no faults were found in the slide“, but acknowledged that the visit might not have been “to the standard expected” and offered Dr Buehner two “complimentary tickets”.
Dr Buehner has pointed out that, as he’s already a member of the pool, complimentary tickets are of no use to him – but invited the management to consider replacing his damaged swimming trunks which were burned through in two places by the heat generated coming down the slide.
He also asked the management to stop stonewalling and tell him what had caused the accident . He’;s told them “Surely it is perfectly normal for a customer who suffers injury and material loss to be given an explanation as to why that occurred?” . He says “ I dread to think how children or less able adults would have been affected had the same accident happened to them.”
The International Pool management has said that Dr Buehner’s suggestion “that a sufficient amount of water was not present on the slide” is “not accurate” – and insist that “the slides are fit for purpose, and no defects or anything untoward was found.”
Dr Buehner says he is now referring the matter not only to Stephen Doughty MP and local AM Vaughan Gething – but may also take the matter to the Health and Safety Executive. Such a move could result in a temporary closure of the Space Bowl ride pending an official inspection.