British holidaymaker, 23 year old David Briffaut from Essex was sliding down the ‘Splash’ water attraction at the popular Aqualandia water park in Benidorm when he hit the water at the bottom and snapped a vertebrae in his neck.
A video has been released by his family showing him travelling down the ride with his girlfriend and as he hit the bottom, his head jolts forward under his body.
It is reported he lost consciousness for a few seconds and as he came to he explained he couldn’t feel his legs.
He was quickly transferred to intensive care in Alicante where the extent of his injuries were revealed to be two severed vertebrae in his neck which was causing his lower body to be paralysed.
His family has called for an investigation into the accident, claiming the popular ride is unsafe and that more safety measures should have been put in place.
“What began as a fun day out ended in tragedy when David suffered his horrific injuries coming down a waterslide.” Reads a crowd funding appeal set up by the family to cover costs of his care and home adaptations to his parents’ home.
A spokesperson from the water park claims it is “simply false” to claim the ride is unsafe and that David didn’t follow park guidelines.