Man seriously injured at Birch Bay Waterslides


A man who sustained a serious injury at Birch Bay Waterslides on August 25 was transported to the hospital for treatment. The water park has closed for the remainder of the season. 

The man was injured on one of the main slides at the Birch Bay water park and medical response was immediately provided before first responders arrived, according to a Birch Bay Waterslides Facebook post on the incident. 

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) chief Jason Van der Veen said the district received the call at 12:56 p.m. and arrived at 1 p.m. The man was treated and rapidly transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham for basic life support. 

Van der Veen declined to identify the man or the extent of his injuries. The Northern Light was unable to confirm how the man was injured or receive a condition update.

Whatcom County Health and Community Services Department began investigating the incident after park staff notified the department on August 25, spokesperson Marie Duckworth said. More information will be released when the investigation is complete. 

The park closed for the remainder of the season before its scheduled Labor Day closure. Park staff offered ticket transfers or requests through its website.

The park has operated since 1983 and has eight slides, two pools, hot tub and other amenities, according to its website.

Birch Bay Waterslides could not be reached for comment.


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