There is a video that was posted to Facebook by David Salmon that is growing in views — with more than 669,000 views on Facebook alone as of this writing.
As reported by WFAA, David didn’t shoot the video himself, nor did Salmon use any kind of GoPro helmet on his head, as can be seen from the point of view of the video. Instead, Salmon’s friend, Danny Cummings, recorded the video — but Danny likely had no idea that Salmon’s weight and momentum would sent David sliding over the edge of the water slide.
As seen in the video, David comes cautiously sliding down the curvy water slide, but when Salmon hits what seems to be the sharpest curve, Salmon’s speed and body takes him right over an unseen edge. The video doesn’t show how large of a drop Salmon suffered when he went over the edge of the water slide.
However, it was enough of a drop to send Salmon to a hospital in Round Rock — which is located near Austin, Texas, in Williamson County. David’s fall over the edge of the water slide caused Salmon to suffer a broken arm as well as broken ribs. Plus, David had cuts across his body.
It’s a fall that could have killed Salmon, reports the Houston Chronicle. The publication states that David is from Dallas — and video of Salmon quickly gained attention online soon after David posted the video. By 8 p.m. on the evening of Monday, July 18, the video had been shared 550 times in 10 hours.
By 10:30 p.m. ET on the evening of Tuesday, July 19, David’s video had been shared nearly 1,200 times on Facebook. In the description of the viral Facebook video, Salmon joked about being too old for water slides.
“Too dang old to be going down water slides. Fell off this one that is over a rocky cliff. First time in an ambulance. I’m currently in the hospital in Round Rock. Broke my arm (humerus) and fractured ribs. Multiple lacerations on my back, arms and side. Just found out I don’t need surgery so that’s good news! One more night in Austin then I can go home to Dallas. #waterslide #fail #failvideo #brokenarm #notdead — feeling pained.”
Whereas many people have comments on Salmon’s Facebook post that asked David where the water slide is located, Salmon did not respond as of this writing to the Facebook comments beneath the video.
However, Chron notes that the water slide appeared to be located in the backyard of a person who lives in Round Rock near the wilderness and a lake — and not located at a professional theme park. The fall left Salmon with not only the broken bones, but with torso cuts and scrapes.
The good thing is that Salmon won’t need to undergo surgery. Salmon’s Facebook friends are leaving plenty of comments wishing him well and commenting on the viral status of Salmon’s Facebook video.
The manner in which Salmon went barreling over the open top of the water slide makes folks realize why professional water slides oftentimes have a clear top that make them, in essence, a tube to slide down when a person’s momentum sends them circling around the tube so there’s no edge to go over.
Some of the comments Salmon has received on Facebook can be read below.
“Omg David Salmon!! What can I do???”
“Omg David, that is shocking! Surely they have to review the safety of this slide? I wish you a speedy recovery. Xxx”
“I am so glad you are okay! Goodness that was scary to watch!! I’m assuming that slide is shut down for the time being?”
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