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A 23-year-old man from Essex who broke his neck after an accident at a Spanish water park is having surgery, his family has told Radio 1 Newsbeat.David Briffaut could be left paralysed after sliding down the Splash ride at Aqualandia in Benidorm.His uncle Mark said: "David is a wonderful young man who was enjoying an innocent day out with his girlfriend."Aqualandia said it's "very sad about what happened" but added: "The park is not responsible for the accident."David, who's from Benfleet, is on a life support machine in a Spanish hospital after breaking his neck in two places.
He went down the slide on his stomach - as you're supposed to - but lost consciousness after hitting the water in a pool at the bottom.
A file picture of Splash - the white slide on the right
David, who works as a green-keeper at a golf club in Essex, had been at the water park with his girlfriend Penny Bristow to celebrate her completing her degree.They've been together for six years."We are praying for a miracle, but we have been told that the injuries he has sustained are very traumatic," David's uncle Mark said."We cannot understand how this happened at a family tourist destination. David was behaving in the normal way, and he had not been drinking."We believe there should be a full investigation into the circumstances of what happened."A spokesperson from Aqualandia told Radio 1 Newsbeat: "The ride Splash is completely safe, as are the rest of the slides at the park."The park says the slides are checked by an external company every season and by staff each morning.David's mum and dad, Lorraine and Stephane, have flown to Spain to be with David and hope to bring him home by air ambulance.
There are fears David's injuries mean he is left paraplegic - unable to use his legs
The Foreign Office said: "Our consular staff are assisting the family of a British man hospitalised in Alicante, including by providing details of local lawyers, visiting the family at the hospital and liaising with the local authorities."David's family have set up a crowdfunding page to raise
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