British holidaymaker might never walk again after snapping neck on waterslide

A British man is fighting for life in Benidorm after snapping his neck in a freak accident on a waterslide.

David Briffaut, 23, was on holiday with his girlfriend Penny Bristow when they visited Aqualandia water park.

They were filmed by their friends racing on the waterslide, called Splash, but as David came to the end of the water, his head seemed to snap forward.

He briefly lost consciousness but said ‘I can’t feel my legs’ when he came round.

Paramedics rushed him to hospital where he remains sedated in an intensive care unit.

David is now on a life support machine and his family have been told he could be paralysed from the chest down after breaking two of the vertebrae in his neck.

His family have now released the footage in the hope it will spark an investigation into the Spanish waterpark.

When they visited the scene after the accident, they were shocked to see it was still open.


David’s uncle Mark Pooley said: ‘Given what has happened we would have thought there would be some investigation so that it does not happen again.

A spokesperson for Aqualandia said they have footage which shows David ‘didn’t follow the guidelines for Splash.’

They added that the park is subjected to a review by an external company which makes an ‘exhaustive review of all the slides’ and staff check them every morning.

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