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Four children rushed to hospital after funfair ride collapses

Eight other youngsters suffered minor injuries (Picture: Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph)

Four children have been rushed to hospital after a funfair ride collapsed in Co Antrim.

Emergency crews rushed to Planet Fun in Carrickfergus Harbour shortly before 6pm on Saturday.

A section of the ‘Top of the World’ ride is thought to have collapsed, throwing occupants into the air. It spins riders in circles and can rise up to 40ft above the ground.

Three youngsters were taken to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and one child was taken to Antrim Area Hospital. It is understood their injuries are not life-threatening. Eight others suffered minor cuts and injuries to their legs and back, but did not require hospital treatment.

The funfair at Carrickfergus Castle has been closed this evening.

In a statement, a spokesman for Planet Fun said: ‘Important update. Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, Planet Fun will be closed tonight for the 7.30 to 10.30pm session.

‘All tickets will automatically be refunded. Further updates will follow.’

Emergency services at the scene (Picture: Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph)

DUP councillor John McDermott was at the scene and told the Belfast Telegraph onlookers were in ‘total shock’ at the incident.

He said that the chair swings appeared to have come loose from the rest of the ride ‘and crashed on to the roof of the entrance hut’, adding: ‘The kids were actually thrown out onto the ground and on to the grass.’

Mr McDermott said: ‘We’re led to believe there’s no fatalities and I’m praying to God it stays that way.’

He said the ride looked to have risen around 15ft when the accident occurred, adding: ‘If it had have happened when the kids were at the top then my God.’

Stewart Dickson, Alliance MLA for East Antrim, said: ‘I am concerned with regards to reports of accident at the funfair on Saturday.

‘I understand from early reports that injuries are not serious and hope that continues to be the case.

‘Following this, it is now important that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of whatever occurred.’

The funfair at Carrickfergus Castle has been closed this evening (Picture: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

It is understood the funfair was recently opened in the area.

In a statement, a spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said that three fire appliances, a specialist rescue team and the Red Cross attended the scene.

The air ambulance was also dispatched to the scene. The HSE has also been made aware of the incident, which is ongoing.

Minister for Health Robin Swann said: ‘Our blue light services have responded to an incident tonight at a funfair in Carrick, it was reported that a ride at the fair collapsed and there were several casualties.

‘A number of people, including children were taken to hospital and thankfully none have life threatening injuries.

‘My thoughts are with all who have been injured and affected by this incident.

‘I wish everyone a speedy recovery and I want to sincerely thank the ambulance, paramedics and fire crews that responded so rapidly to what could have been something more tragic.’

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