Waterworld evacuated and air ambulance scrambled as swimmers struck with nausea

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A waterpark has been evacuated and flocked with emergency services after swimmers were struck down with "irritation and nausea".

An air ambulance was among the fleet of vehicles deployed to Waterworld today (June 8) as swimmers have been forced to stand outside the building.

At least eight ambulances and three fire engines have rushed to the scene.

Stoke-on-Trent police said: "We are in attendance at #Waterworld, Festival Way, in #Stoke-on-Trent. Visitors have reported eye and throat irritation and nausea.

"The building has been evacuated. The emergency services have the incident in hand and urge members of the public to avoid the area."

West Midlands Ambulance Service have also issued a statement regarding the incident.

It read: "We’re currently in attendance at an incident along with police and fire colleagues at Waterworld, Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent following a call at 1.55pm.

"A number of ambulances and specialist resources are on scene assessing a number of people who are reported to be feeling unwell."

They add: "The public are asked to avoid the area at this time to allow 999 staff to deal with the incident."

StokeonTrentLive reports that traffic on the roads surrounding Waterworld is at a stand still, close to the nearby bet365 offices on Media Way, Etruria.

An eye witness told the publication that the air ambulance landed behind the Best Western Plus hotel.

Speaking to the Mirror, a Staffordshire Police spokesperson said that the evacuation was a "precaution".

They also confirmed: "A road closure has also been put in place on Festival Way to allow access for the emergency service response vehicles."

A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson added that the Detection, Identification and Monitoring Team are at the scene to support crews in "carrying out an assessment".

Images from the scene show a long row of ambulances, police cars and fire engines as emergency services respond to the incident.

The evacuated members of the public can also been seen in a huddle outside of Waterworld.

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