44 Injured by 'Tsunami' in Malfunctioning Wave Pool Accident
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A park employee confirmed an "accidental breakdown in machinery" caused the incident, and not a disgruntled worker.

44 tourists have been injured by a "tsunami" in a malfunctioning wave pool in China.

Videos of the incident published online show dozens of adults and children being smashed together after faulty equipment suddenly caused a giant wave to sweep through the attraction at Yulong Shuiyun Water Amusement Park in Lonmgjing.

Five people were still being treated in hospital on Tuesday for injuries such as fractured ribs, the South China Morning Post reported.

"According to the initial stages of the investigation, the incident was caused by a power cut that damaged electronic equipment in the tsunami pool control room, which led to the waves in the tsunami pool becoming too big and injuring people," a government notice posted on Weibo said.

The park was shut down while an investigation took place.

The footage shows families screaming in terror as they attempt to flee the freak wave, with some children being thrown out of the pool completely and onto the pavement; swimmers were pulled from the water afterwards bloodied and crying.

A park employee confirmed an "accidental breakdown in machinery" caused the incident, and not a disgruntled worker.

"Online rumors say that a worker wrongly operated the controls, but in reality it was a problem with the equipment," they said.

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