JACKSON – Noel Brown went to Six Flags Great Adventure Sunday for a day of fun.
He had that, but he also stumbled upon the scene of a mishap with the Saw Mill Log Flume ride. With his 4K pocket camera in hand, he decided to film the aftermath of the incident.
“I took the video because I thought people should be aware,” he said.
People at the scene of the mishap appear calm in the video, with Six Flags staff tending to some of the riders of the log flume boat that was tilted on its side at the end of the run.
But Brown’s video also shows a broken side railing on the water-filled chute of the ride.
It’s unclear if that dislodged railing played into the mishap.
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Six Flags spokeswoman Kristin Fitzgerald did not directly respond to a question about the railing.
“The safety of our guests and team members is always our highest priority,” Fitzgerald said. “The ride is currently undergoing a thorough inspection by our safety and engineering teams and will remain closed until further notice.”
Tammori Petty, spokeswoman for the state Department of Community Affairs, said the department’s Carnival and Amusement Ride Safety Unit is investigating the incident.
On Sunday, Fitzgerald said, “Our First Aid staff assisted several guests who were in a Log Flume boat that did not complete its cycle.”
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One of the boats became tipped at an angle, but did not overturn, she said. Two of the Log Flume riders were taken to a local hospital for evaluation, Fitzgerald said.
There has been no update on their conditions. The people helped off the ride did not appear to be seriously injured in Brown’s video.
A woman with her arm in a sling is shown being led slowly away. Another rider appears to be stuck in back of the boat.
Brown ran the video on the YouTube channel for his marketing consulting business, Willow Brook and Monarch, based in Rhinebeck, New York.
Brown praised Six Flags Great Adventure staff for their response.
“It looked like they did a decent job of getting people out,” Brown said.
Ken Serrano has covered crime, breaking news, investigations and local issues in New Jersey for more than 20 years. Reach him at 732-643-4029 or [email protected]