18 Sep '11, 1am

Australian tourist breaks back on Sentosa's MegaZip adventure ride

Australian tourist breaks back on Sentosa's MegaZip adventure ride

Mr Michael Joseph McCarthy fell at the end of the MegaZip flying fox adventure ride last Sunday. -- ST PHOTO: CAI HAOXIANG By Cai Haoxiang and Jamie Ee Wen Wei It was the first overseas holiday the family ever took. But for Australian Michael Joseph McCarthy, 38, what was a long-anticipated vacation to Singapore and Bali turned into a nightmare. He suffered an accident at Sentosa's MegaZip flying fox adventure ride at 1.45pm last Sunday. As a result of an unknown malfunction, his beefy 100kg frame, travelling at around 50kmh, did not slow down even as he reached the end of the flying fox zipline. He fell, and the force of the impact broke several vertebrae in his back. 'I started going faster and my wife (who was on the next zipline) was wondering why she was not. She was holding up her hands asking, where are you going?' Mr McCarthy, a tattooist from Adelaide, told The Su...

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