Those who have visited Terra Mitica theme park near Benidorm will have probably ridden “the Inferno”, a roller coaster that turns through 360 degrees at speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour. It has been a popular attraction at the park since 2007. Although many seem to enjoy being turned upside down at speed, it is not the kind of thrill that I have ever been tempted to indulge in.
An 18 year old Icelandic boy was on the ride yesterday when unfortunately the harness came loose and he fell from it head first between 10 and 15 metres. SAMU rushed to the scene and tried to treat him but one hour later he had a cardiac arrest and died. This is the first fatality recorded at the park.
An investigation is underway as to why this happened. All the rides at Terra Mitica are inspected daily and a record is kept of these checks and the maintenance carried out. This particular ride was certified to have optimum performance and safety by an independent company responsible for such work.