Two 'idiots' break their legs after sneaking into waterpark at 2amOctober 4, 2021
Making a CRASH! Two drunken ‘idiots’ break bones in their legs and feet after sneaking into waterpark at 2am to ride the flumes tubes… only to slam into barrier blocking the exit into pool
- Claire Vickers, 46, and Barry Douglas, 44, crawled under a fence into the Aldershot Lido in Hampshire last month
- They sped down a water slide at 2am without realising it was blocked by a barrier at the end
- The pair suffered broken shins and shattered feet and were trapped for two hours while shouting for help
Two friends who sneaked into an outdoor swimming pool during a night of drunken antics found themselves in A&E after speeding down a water slide at 2am – which was blocked by a barrier at the end.
Mum-of-five Claire Vickers, 46, and her pal Barry Douglas, 44, suffered broken shins and shattered feet after pulling their stunt at the Aldershot Lido in Hampshire, last month.
The pair were trapped inside the flume tube, writhing in agony for two hours as they shouted for help, The Sun reports.
Eventually, they were rescued by police officers who had responded to calls of ‘kids messing about’.
Ms Vickers, a former bartender, said: ‘We’re idiots – let that be a lesson.’
Claire Vickers, 46, and her pal Barry Douglas, 44, suffered broken shins and shattered feet after pulling their stunt at the Aldershot Lido, Hampshire
The pair rushed down one of the flumes tubes at 2am without realising it was blocked by a barrier at the end
The Aldershot Lido is the largest outdoor swimming park in Hampshire and is run by the local authority
Claire Vickers suffered broken bones in her left foot and her shin bone was also snapped in the accident
Doctors have told Ms Vickers it could be another six weeks before she is able to walk again
She went on: ‘I couldn’t think straight as the pain was excruciating. It was like a scene out of a horror film.
‘I looked over at Barry. He was in the foetal position and silent.
‘That’s when I thought we were both going to die.’
Ms Vickers had been enjoying a long drinking session earlier that day and had spent four hours at the pub, before meeting Mr Douglas at his home for further drinks.
While intoxicated, the pair decided to wander over to the lido for a dip in the pool.
They wriggled their way under a fence and Ms Vickers poured water from a foot bath down the water slide, which was dry.
As she sat down, Mr Douglas put his legs round her to slide together. It wasn’t until they were rushing down the tube at speed that they spotted the barrier.
They slammed into it feet-first, causing Ms Vickers’ shin to snap through the skin. All of the bones in her left foot were broken.
She banged desperately at the side of the tube while screaming for help.
Ms Vickers said: ‘I nearly went head first – I would have been killed.
‘Every time I banged, I let go of my foot and my shin and more blood came out.’
Mum-of-five Ms Vickers had been at the pub for fours hours before carrying on the drinking session with her friend Mr Douglas
Mr Douglas, a forklift driver, broke his left leg and both ankles and described the pain as ‘unbearable’
Speaking about the accident, Ms Vickers said: ‘We’re idiots – let that be a lesson.’
Mr Douglas, a forklift driver, broke his left leg and both ankles. He described the pain as ‘unbearable.’
After an agonising wait for help, the pair were taken to Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley, Surrey, but were later transferred to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London.
Gran-of-two Claire remained in hospital for two and a half weeks and she has been told by doctors that she won’t be able to walk again for another six.
No action is being taken against the pair, who have decided to share their story as a warning to others.
Rushmoor Borough Council, which runs the lido, declined to comment as ‘investigations are ongoing’.
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