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Heart-stopping moment little boy is almost taken out by theme park ride

The heart-stopping moment a little boy is almost taken out by a theme park ride as shouts of terror are heard was captured in a horrifying video

The youngster had clambered over a fence and into the restricted zone beneath a boat ride when he nearly was involved in a serious accident.

The parents of the youngster were nowhere to be seen, according to one eyewitness.

Onlookers can be heard shouting “there’s a kid” before screams of terror as the child walks even closer to the Pirate Ship ride in Gulliver’s World, Manchester Evening News reported.

The screams of terror last until a man in the queue leaps over as well and drags the child to safety.

The footage showed the little boy sitting on one of the wooden cannons beneath the huge ship swinging back and forth.

Seemingly unaware of the danger he’s in the child continues to play as onlookers scream and shout, trying to get him to leave or not approach the ship.

But then in one horrific moment he seemingly moves towards the huge ride, swinging back and forth, causing screams from the crowd.

As the ride swings back down, he backs away slightly before being saved.

Someone hurdled the fence behind him and lunged for the youngster, dragging him from safety.

It is believed that the incident happened around 3pm yesterday in the Warrington theme park.

Gulliver’s World have said staff responded “quickly” and followed the correct procedures when reporting the incident.

Dad Andy Moore, from Manchester, was among those waiting in the queue with his child when he spotted the youngster playing in the gated area.

He told the Manchester Evening News that the ride closed for a short while after the incident.

“I was stood in line with my young child and we were taking pics of each ride we went on, when this child climbed the fence and ran towards the ride,” Andy said.

He added: “He spent a while playing on the cannons while the pirate ship was in full swing. The staff member hadn’t seen at first but the queueing crowd had.

“The parent of the child was nowhere to be seen at first. Then the staff member saw what everyone was shouting at and stopped the ride.

“The child got very close to it and didn’t appear to realise the danger that was involved.

“A member of the public on the other side jumped over the fence to grab the child. I couldn’t as I didn’t want to leave my young child alone.”

He added: “Thankfully there were no injuries. But clearly an issue when a young child of that age can easily climb the fence and enter the ride area. It could have been a lot worse.”

Craig Clewes, resort director at Gulliver’s World, said: “We are aware of an incident in one of the ride enclosures at Gulliver’s World. Our staff responded quickly and followed our safety and reporting procedures.

“The safety of our customers and staff remains our number one priority.”