Drayton Manor: Evha Jannath named as ride death girl


The Splash Canyon ride

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Emergency services rushed to the park after reports someone had fallen in the water on Splash Canyon

An 11-year-old girl who died after falling from a water ride has been named.

Evha Jannath fell out of a boat on the Splash Canyon attraction during a school trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire on Tuesday.

The pupil, from Leicester, was rescued from the water and taken to hospital but pronounced dead a short time later.

Staffordshire Police said a Health and Safety Executive investigation had begun.

The theme park is to remain closed for the day as “a mark of respect”. The girl’s school, Jameah Girls Academy in Leicester, is also closed.

In a statement, the integrated Islamic day school asked that the Year 6 pupil’s family and the school community be given “time to grieve”.

The ride, which opened in 1993 and features up to 21 boats each with a capacity of six people, closed following the incident at the park near Tamworth.

More to follow.

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