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Man dies at Britain's biggest outdoor waterpark

A man in his 40s has died at the UK’s largest outdoor waterpark.

Police and ambulance crews rushed to Splashdown Quaywest in Paignton, Devon, after the man reportedly suffered a medical incident.

The victim is said to be from the Bristol area and his next of kin have been informed, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The incident happened just after midday on Wednesday, the Mirror reports.

A police spokesman said: ‘Police were contacted by the Ambulance Service just after midday on Wednesday, August 23.

‘They were at Splashdown Waterpark in Goodrington, Paignton, responding to reports of a man having suffered a suspected medical episode on site.

‘Despite the best efforts of those at the scene the man, in his 40s and from the Bristol area, later died.

‘His next of kin have been informed and a file is to be prepared for the coroner.’

Splashdown closed the waterpark for the rest of the day in response to the incident.

A park spokesman said: ‘We are aware of an incident at Splashdown Quaywest waterpark at approximately 12.15pm today.

‘The person concerned is receiving medical attention from paramedics. We do not have any further details at present, but we have taken the decision to close the waterpark today.

‘Until we have any information to release having conducted and consulted with any of the necessary authorities we would appreciate being left to deal with an unfolding situation and respect the privacy of the individual concerned and their family.

‘We recognise this incident may have caused some upset amongst our visitors and apologise for any distress this may have caused, however, in an emergency the safety and well being of the person concerned was paramount due to the seriousness of the situation that presented itself.

‘We are otherwise not able to make further comment at this time.’

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