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Water park crowd gets out of control

Released at: 22:11, 20/04/2015

Water park crowd gets out of control

Deputy General Director of Ho Tay Water Park holds press conference on Sunday's unruly behavior.

by Tom Tran

Normally a relaxing and easy-going place, Ho Tay Water Park in Hanoi’s West Lake area was the scene of much chaos last Sunday.

Addressing the media the next day, Ms. Nghiem Thi Hong Hanh, Deputy Director of the Ho Tay Water Park said that, as is tradition, is offers free entry once a year to express its appreciation to customers. At 8am on the morning of April 19 it was open for free for two hours. To prevent excessive crowds, 70 security officers and 100 police from Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho district, were on hand to ensure public safety and order.

By 9.30am some 6,000 visitors were already inside the grounds of the park, so its gates were closed and people unable to get in were directed to nearby Mat Troi Park. According to Ms. Hanh, the closing of the gates led to hundreds of people clambering over the park’s walls to gain entry. “This has never happened before,” she said. “On previous days with free entry only a few people have scaled the walls to get in.”

People of different ages were involved and while the security team and the police did everything they could it was of no use. “Despite knowing that the number of visitors would increase compared to a normal day we could not have anticipated that so many people would climb over the walls,” Ms. Hanh said.

The heat of the day also caused some problems for those who managed to get in before the gates were closed. At least one young girl fainted from fatigue but recovered after being taken to the park’s medical center.

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