Quick-Thinking Dad Rescues Son When Roller Coaster Seat Belt Breaks Mid-Ride (VIDEO)

roller coasterGoing on a roller coaster is supposed to be scary -- but scary in a fun way, not an "OMG, my kid is gonna fall off and get killed!" kind of way. Unfortunately, one Texas dad and his son had a not-so-good scary sort of roller coaster ride recently when the little boy's seat belt came unhinged on the very first big hill -- and the whole shocking incident was caught on video!

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Delbert Latham and his son Kaysen were riding the Mousetrap at Wonderland Amusement Park -- with Delbert filming the milestone moment for good measure -- when suddenly the seat belt came apart and Kaysen slipped down off his seat on to the floorboard, all while the car was speeding down the track! Luckily, Delbert managed to grab his son and held him tight for the rest of the ride; unfathomably, Delbert also somehow managed to hold on to his phone and keep filming the entire time -- check it out:

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The look on Kaysen's face, oh no!! Poor little guy. He must have been beyond terrified. Good thing his dad is a quick thinker, otherwise this video could have ended quite tragically. 

And while what happened to this father and son would have been bad enough if it was just a fluke, apparently park staff were aware that the seat belt was faulty -- but they still let people ride in the car! Delbert told the story of what happened when they got off the ride on Facebook (where he posted the above video):

Scary moment for the Latham family tonight at #Wonderland our seatbelt came apart on the mousetrap and Kaysen slid to the bottom of the floor board and I had to grab him and pull him back up and hold him for the rest of the ride.
What makes it worse is when I told the guy at the end of the ride he stated that he knew that had happened sometimes!! Really it's already happens and you continue to let people ride??!! And after this they continued to let people ride they just didn't let anyone in the back seat! Please feel free to share and let people know how this place is being ran!

Yikes. It's pretty terrifying to think that an amusement park would knowingly put their customers in danger, but this probably happens a lot more than we realize -- even if it seems pretty terrible for business (can you imagine the potential lawsuit if somebody actually fell off the ride?!).

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Every year when the weather gets warm, we hear at least a handful of stories like this one where carnival or amusement park rides malfunction and someone gets hurt (or worse). As a parent, I don't like to think about it too much (it makes the summertime too terrifying), but this is definitely a reminder that we should always double-check the safety features on these contraptions before we ride. 

 

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