REHOBOTH BEACH — Three youths were injured, one seriously, in an incident at Funland Sunday night, authorities said.
According to Rehoboth Beach police and Sussex County EMS spokesman Glenn Marshall, the incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. Two females, ages 14 and 15, were transported to Beebe Healthcare in Lewes in stable condition, and a 16-year-old male was transported to Christiana Hospital and remained in serious condition, police said Monday afternoon.
Mr. Marshall said Sussex County EMS responded to the incident at 201. S. Boardwalk St., along with the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Company, and the Delaware State Police Trooper 2 helicopter. Rehoboth Beach police responded as well.
While investigation into the incident continues, Rehoboth Beach police said the injuries occurred when the three juveniles were struck by debris caused by an air storage tank failure. Police said in a news release that “the incident occurred inside Funland in the area of the Super Flip 360 ride.”
Funland spokeswoman Fiona Curry issued a statement regarding the incident Monday:
"Last night, on our final night of seasonal operation for 2021, Funland experienced an incident that involved medical treatment for three guests. First and foremost, our thoughts are with those guests, and their families, for a full recovery. Two guests were taken to the local hospital and later released and one was transferred to a hospital in Wilmington.
"The incident occurred in the vicinity of the Superflip 360 at approximately 7:45pm, though the injured guests were not riding the attraction. Initial efforts have determined that injuries resulted from an air storage tank failure. We are actively investigating this incident, working with local authorities and industry professionals, and we cannot release any further information at this time.
"For over 60 years, safety for our guests and our employees has always been our top priority and will continue to be our focus as we move forward."