The mother of the young boy who was left unrestrained on a free-fall ride has spoken out following their ordeal at an amusement park.
Sky Boustani Curtis was with her 4-year-old son Tristan at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on Sunday when they barely escaped a tragedy.
As Curtis revealed, her son was unrestrained on the Free Fall ride at Kids’ Carnival when the seats started moving up, causing the onlookers to shout for the operators to stop the ride.
While the ride was eventually stopped, Tristan was suspended in the air for several minutes before another person who was tall enough to reach him helped him get down.
“The (operator) girl stopped the ride but didn’t get out of her booth so another father ended up getting him to climb down to him,” the shocked mom previously told The Telegraph.
“Myself and my husband were not tall enough to reach him. They simply did not pull his harness down, didn’t check him.”
Now, the family has also spoken out to 7News and recalled the moment that could end in disaster should the ride not be stopped in time.
As Tristan, who has ADHD and autism, told the publication, the operator didn’t secure his harness when she put him on the ride.
“The lady put me up with no seatbelt. Someone lift me down,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sky told Seven she was terrified seeing her son up in the air knowing just how hard it is for him to stay still.
“He started moving around, moving forward and there was a bit of panic then, I just went into calm mode and kind of made light of it, I started talking to him and said ‘It’s ok mate, it’s alright nothing’s wrong, just sit down,’” she added.
Following the incident, the ride was shut down pending investigation.
Getting involved in the investigation was also Fair Trading Minister Eleni Petinos who said:
“I can confirm that I have instructed SafeWork NSW to explore shutting the Free Fall ride for the remainder of the 2022 Sydney Royal Easter Show if patron’s safety cannot be guaranteed.
“Safety is my number one priority and any operator who fails to provide the highest level of safety standards should face severe consequences and that is why I’ve instructed SafeWork NSW to explore all available avenues.”
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