Boy, 5, loses part of finger after being ‘skated over’ on Winter Wonderland rink

A five-year-old boy lost part of his finger during a horrific accident at skating at ice rink in Nottingham.

His traumatised family have revealed how the youngster was left screaming in pain following the incident on December 3 at around 7.30pm.

The family, who wish to remain anonymous, say he was using one of the penguin skating aids for children.

He lost a part of his finger after he fell off the penguin onto the ice and his hand was skated over.

The boy's dad, 24, told NottinghamshireLive : "It was such a horrible night.

"My son was in such pain, he was screaming. He fell off the penguin.

"I want there to be seatbelts on the penguins to stop kids falling off them so this never happens again.

"I did not think it was safe.

"There were around 100 people on the ice that night and there could be accidents from other children falling."

First aiders responded to the boy after the accident and he was taken to hospital for it to be bandaged. He will have surgery on the finger on his right hand.

Mellors Group operates Nottingham's Winter Wonderland.

They said the person in charge of the rink has fifteen years’ experience of operating ice rinks and "he has never come across an accident of this nature before."

Edward Mellors, a director of Mellors Group, added: “Safety is really important to us and we do everything we can to make Winter Wonderland, including the ice rink, as safe as possible for everyone to enjoy.

"We follow the best practice guidelines for the operation of outdoor rinks.

"This was an unfortunate and very unusual accident and we are really sorry that the boy was hurt.

"There are always marshals on the ice and as soon as the accident happened, two trained first aiders were immediately with the boy and an ambulance was called. 

"The penguins are stable and designed to be skating aids for children to use as well as adults who can push young children around the rink whilst at the same time giving the children the opportunity to experience what it is like to skate as they are wearing  skates too which are on the ice.

"We would like to wish him a speedy recovery.”

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