SOMERSET Council are investigating Shepton Mallet's Ultimate Slip'n'Slide following an incident in which a boy was injured.

A boy was left with severe bruising on Sunday, July 16, after his leg was sucked into an "unguarded water suction pump" at the venue in Beckington, near Frome.

A post shared to Facebook by the boy's mother read: "A massive thank you to all those that helped us at the slip’n’slide with the incident involving our son and the unguarded water pump on Sunday. 

“We were so lucky he was able to keep his head above the water and shout for help and his foot wasn’t sucked into the mechanics.

“We are incredibly grateful for the Dr who was already visiting the attraction and gave us her full support until the air ambulance arrived – which again, we are so thankful it arrived so quickly and gave him the best care.”

She added: “Although the staff decided not to close the attraction or pause the rides during the incident they did put a beer crate and a sandbag over the exposed opening of the pipe to prevent any other children getting trapped/sucked into the pipe.”

The mother shared that her son is now out of hospital, and that it "could have been a fatality".

Somerset Council confirmed that it was investigating the seasonal outdoor attraction after being made aware of the incident on social media.

It added that as the business is currently only open on the weekends, Somerset Council staff had not yet been able to do any in-depth investigation. 

A spokesperson for the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said: “We were called at 12:03hrs on Sunday 16 June to an incident near Frome. We sent an air ambulance to the scene of the incident and conveyed one patient by air ambulance to Royal United Hospitals Bath."