A theme park boss has apologised to the family of a seven-year-old boy who was seriously injured after falling between 15 and 20ft from a rollercoaster.
The child, who as not yet been named, fell from a ride at Lightwater Valley theme park near Ripon, North Yorkshire, on Thursday.
He remains in hospital, but is breathing on his own and his condition is said to be improving.
Speaking yesterday, businessman Ian Cunningham said he was sorry for the “upset and anxiety” the incident has caused the boy’s family.
He added: “As a father myself, I can imagine only too well how it must have felt for everyone involved when the incident happened, and in the hours since.
“Our thoughts and concerns are completely focused on the child and his family at this difficult time.
“I would like to say how sorry I am personally for the upset and anxiety that this incident has caused.
“We are committed to offering our full support to the family.”
Mr Cunningham said Health and Safety Executive officials are in the process of establishing the cause of the incident.
Witnesses have described how the boy fell around 12-15 feet leaving his hysterical mother stuck in the car on the ride above.
Visitors to the park are said to have screamed in horror and shouted for someone to help the child.
Members of the public ran to his aid along with park staff before paramedics and an air ambulance arrived.
Mark Charnley, who was queuing for the Twister with his 10-year-old daughter while enjoying a half-term break, said he looked up to see the boy “hanging backwards outside of the actual carriage” before he plunged to the ground.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance attended the scene and transported the boy, who was said to be conscious, to Leeds General Infirmary.
The ride, which is described on the theme park’s website as “full of seriously tight turns”, was shut down immediately but the rest of the park remained open.
The exact nature of the boy’s injuries aren’t known.
Mr Cunningham said: “Everyone at Lightwater Valley is very pleased to hear that the condition of the young boy who fell from our Twister ride last Thursday is improving.”
In 2001, tragedy struck the theme park after student Gemma Savage, 20, died when two cars collided on the Treetop Twister ride.