Tourism

Waterpark enthusiasts reach the bottom of the Sahara Sidewinders indoor slide at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells where direct tourism spending surpassed $1 billion for the first time in 2014.

A family is suing a Wisconsin Dells resort, alleging that a young boy was injured on a ride that the business knew was unsafe.

The lawsuit, filed in Sauk County Circuit Court Wednesday on behalf of a teenage boy from Michigan, claimed the boy was injured on a ride at the Kalahari resort in June 2012.

The ride, known as the Sahara Sidewinders, imposed an “unreasonable risk of injury to Kalahari’s guests,” the family’s attorney, Brian Hodgkiss of Appleton stated in the lawsuit.

He also wrote that “Kalahari was aware of the unreasonable risk of injury due to prior reported incidents” and that the resort made “no reasonable alterations or safety precautions… to mitigate that ongoing risk.”

The lawsuit labels the ride, which Kalahari added to its 124,000-square-foot indoor water park in 2011, as a “dangerous condition or trap.” As part of the ride, a guest is dropped from a trap-door chamber into one of two looping slides.

The lawsuit claims the boy suffered personal injury, pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. It also says his family incurred medical expenses as a result of the incident. It asks a judge to award damages.

Kalahari operates resorts in Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to its website.

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