Who doesn’t like to have fun with friends? But sometimes, moments of joy can come at a high cost and have serious repercussions. Claire Vickers and Barry Douglas had no idea their playful evening could lead to a total disaster.
46-year-old Vickers and her friend 44-year-old Douglas appeared in wheelchairs during their visit to ITV’s This Morning talk show. They told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that the life lesson they want to pass on to viewers is that even if something seems like a good idea at the time, disaster could be just around the corner.
Mom-of-five Vickers explained that she has been going to the water park since she was around 20 years old, and after an evening of boozing in August they let themselves into the park at 2 am. Because they ignored the warnings, the drunk “idiots” broke their legs on the ride because it was shut off with a steel barrier at the end of the ride.
Although most people recognize that Vickers and Douglas did this to themselves, the pair plan to file a lawsuit against the waterpark, the incident occurred at the Aldershot Lido in Hampshire, UK, last month when the pair went down the closed ride at 2 am. The incident left the pair with broken feet because they slammed into the barrier at the end of the slide.
After sustaining serious injuries, the friends have threatened to take legal action against the waterpark. Talking about the horrible accident, Vickers expressed her thoughts:
“That night I didn’t plan on going out to do this, it just happened – and it has happened before to other people, so I just think something should be done about (sic).”
Vickers and Douglas revealed that they were speeding down the slide when they hit a barrier placed at the end to block the exit. The drunk friends were found by the cops in response to complaints regarding children messing about in the park.
As a result of their injuries, Douglas and Vickers may want to take “legal action” against the waterpark and file a lawsuit to get some money out of the deal. However, the pair was inebriated during the incident and went down the slide when they were not supposed to.
The two buddies are temporarily in wheelchairs, with Vickers having a snapped right shin and several broken bones in her left foot. Douglas broke both his ankles and left foot and shared that the excruciating pain he experienced was unbearable.
Vickers also expressed that she felt fortunate to wake up with her foot after being operated on multiple times, given the horror she underwent at the park.
The pair explained that they deserved to be compensated after suffering snapped shins and broken feet. Douglas even expressed his concerns regarding no fence being installed at the slide and no security around. “This Morning” host Phillip Schofield argued:
“It’s tricky as you shouldn’t have been there in the first place – you haven’t been prosecuted, which you’re lucky about…(sic)”
In response, Vickers retorted that anybody could get drunk and end up making silly mistakes, and that was precisely what had come to pass in their case. The pair shared that the lack of security at the waterpark when it was closed was what led to the incident.
Prior to going together to the waterpark, Vickers had been in a pub for four hours, following which she met Douglas at his house, and the pair downed more drinks. The buddies then decided to have fun on the waterslide and were massively wrecked.
The friends further expressed that their lives have come to a halt because of the accident. Former bartender Vickers explained that she was an active grandmother to her grandkids before and would often take them for walks, which she cannot do anymore.
Forklift driver Douglas said that he now suffers from acute depression and has no strength to work, leaving him miserable and out of money. The mother of five has revealed that she will not be able to walk again for at least another six weeks.
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