Wave Rider to be removed from The Island after injuring a young girl

The Island's vice president of operations David Wear said the ride would be removed and no longer operated at the business.

SEVIER COUNTY - UPDATE (7/19): The Island in Pigeon Forge said it will be tearing down the Wave Rider after a young girl fell off  the ride last weekend and was sent to the hospital with serious injuries.

The Island's vice president of operations David Wear said the ride would be removed and no longer operated at the business.

The investigation team with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said a post-accident report hasn't been filed, but may not be necessary unless requested in the future.  A preliminary accident report has been filed with the office. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

A young girl has been hospitalized after falling off a ride at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

The girl was on the Wave Rider on Saturday around 5 p.m. when the accident happened, according to The Island's Vice President of Operations David Wear.

The ride is now closed.

It's relatively new at the park, opening June 15.

It's called a swing ride, in which riders stand, have harnesses pulled down over their heads, and are swung up and down, but not upside down.

Wear says safety is the number one priority at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

“We have daily checks on all of our rides, and we have annual checks from the state inspectors on all our rides," said Wear. "Any kind of troubleshooting we can do here, or, sometimes we call in the manufacturer if it’s something we can’t do.”

Employees check rides each morning before people get on.

"These people love this place because of those rides and that experience so this hits home for us," said Wear. "So we're going to stay consistent with what we do, our protocol, which has been proven. We're going to go through the review and then we're going to figure out what caused this and then proper steps." 

A certificate of liability insurance from the day the ride opened states the Wave Rider passed a state inspection. 

Wear says he will continue to keep the girl and her family in his thoughts and prayers.

10News is working to get more details on the incident from the Pigeon Forge Police Department. 

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