A seven-year-old school girl rescued her three-year-old brother after dragging him out safely when a 40 foot tall tree came crashing down onto the inflatable slide they were playing on.
Sophie Parkinson had been sitting on top of the slide at a fun fair in Leigh, Greater Manchester along with her twin brothers Daniel and Alex, three, when a huge tree trunk split in two and fell in their direction.
Alex managed to escape from the side and Sophie could free herself, but Daniel was trapped beneath branches and was howling for help. Brave Sophie was able to cling on to her younger sibling, wrestling him out from beneath the debris, and guiding them both to safely down the slide.
The children’s father, Mike, who witnessed the freakish accident at Funland at Pennington Flash Country Park on Sunday told Daily Mail, “They were the only children on the slide and I took a picture of them at the top before walking back to sit on a bench to watch them come down.I heard this almighty crack, which sounded like lightning, and the next thing this tree was coming down on top of them.” Sophie’s father Mike said, his daughter deserves a bravery medal.
The Wigan Council has launched an investigation into the incident. Head of greenspaces and infrastructure Paul Barton told the daily, “We take the safety of visitors to our sites extremely seriously and are investigating the circumstances of this incident.An inspection is taking place at Pennington Flash to ensure the area is safe for all those attending the Funland attraction.”