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Crash boy has 'much to live for'
Police markings show the route of the water bike when it left the lake.

The parents of an eight-year-old boy, badly hurt in a water bike crash, have said he has "everything to live for".

Jordan Lowe is critically ill after the accident at the West Country Water Park near Bristol on Wednesday night.

He apparently lost control of the machine, rode it off the lake, across a car park, through a hedge and into the path of an oncoming Rover car.

His parents, Richard and Junea, said in a statement they were concentrating on their son's recovery.

'Spirit of life'

"Our son Jordan is a healthy and active boy with all the spirit of life and always rises to the challenge of something new.

"We are all looking forward to starting our new life in Australia and with the support of our loving family this tragic accident has brought us closer.

"We are now putting this matter behind us as we concentrate all our efforts on Jordan's recovery and look forward to the future as he has everything to live for."

I didn't know why he turned right but I think he panicked and hit the accelerator instead of what he thought was the brake
Mike Thompson, West Country Water Park

Jordan was at the lake with his father and is believed to have been riding the machine on his own for the first time when the accident happened.

Mike Thompson, owner of West Country Water Park said: "He just shot off.

"I didn't know why he turned right but I think he panicked and hit the accelerator instead of what he thought was the brake."

Jordan is being treated at Frenchay Hospital for severe head injuries.

Mrs Lowe, who was on holiday in Spain at the time of the accident, is now at her son's bedside.

Police said they believed the boy was riding the water bike legally and are treating the accident as a "road collision".

The driver of the Rover was uninjured.

Health and safety officers from South Gloucestershire Council are working with the police while the accident is investigated.

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