Emergency services called to Waterpark just 14 miles from Crewe as 110 people evacuated

Police, fire crews and paramedics were called to Waterworld after swimmers had to be evacuated – due to “eye and throat irritation and nausea”.

Emergency services were called to Waterworld, Festival Way, Stoke-on-Trent, 14 miles from Crewe – just before 2pm yesterday (June 8).

Members of the public were urged to avoid the area after a number of visitors to the water park became unwell.

Two patients were taken to hospital and 46 people were assessed on the scene.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: “We are currently in attendance at Waterworld, Festival Way, in Stoke-on-Trent.

“Colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and paramedics are also at the scene following reports of a number of visitors feeling unwell.

“Visitors have reported eye and throat irritation and nausea.

“The building has been evacuated as a precaution.

“The emergency services have the incident in hand and urge members of the public to avoid the area.

“We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.”

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service added: “A number of crews are currently in attendance at the waterpark carrying out an assessment.”

Staffordshire Police provided an update yesterday evening, saying: “Officers remain in attendance at Waterworld.

“We continue to support colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and Officialwmas as they assess those who have presented as unwell at the scene.

“The majority of individuals have been issued with advice by medical staff and discharged.

“The park is currently closed to visitors.

“The Health and Safety Executive has been informed along with Stoke-on-Trent City Council who are also in attendance.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “Waterworld was evacuated after a number of people inside began displaying minor symptoms including watery eyes, a runny nose and nausea.

“A total of 110 people evacuated from the building who were displaying symptoms were rapidly triaged by the team of ambulance medics.

“Once triaged, 46 out of the 110 people received treatment by ambulance staff on scene before being discharged. A man and a woman were conveyed to hospital for further checks as a precaution.

“This was a well-managed tri-service response which saw the safe and speedy evacuation of a large number of people. Thankfully no one involved was in a serious condition.

“Investigations into the cause of the incident continue.”

Waterworld, Festival Way, opened in 1989 – it attracts hundreds of visitors from Crewe each year.

By Ryan Parker

9th Jun 2022 8:00 am

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