44 swimmers were injured after an unexpectedly huge wave came crashing down on them in a “tsunami pool” in northeast China, according to Chinese media outlets. The pool is currently closed for investigation, The South China Morning Post reported.
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A video, that has since gone viral, shows an immense surge of water builds up near the back of the pool and slams down on the people inside. 39 of the injured tourists have been discharged from hospital, while five remain due to broken ribs or feet.
The wave was forceful enough that it pushed huge volumes of water over the edge of the pool, prompting bystanders to rush away from the edge.
Initial rumors circulated that the wave operator was drunk and had mistakenly set the wave controls to the maximum setting, but The South China Morning Post reported that it was likely a power issue in the control room.
“According to the initial stages of the investigation, the incident was caused by a power cut that damaged electronic equipment in the tsunami pool control room, which led to the waves in the tsunami pool becoming too big and injuring people,” a Longjing city announcement said, according to The South China Morning Post.