An 11-year-old girl, identified as Evha Jannath died during a school trip when she fell from a water ride named the “Splash Canyon Ride” at the Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire, England, local police confirmed.
“It is with great sadness we have to report that a young girl has passed away at Birmingham Children’s Hospital following an incident on one of the park’s water rides this afternoon,” George Bryan, company director of Drayton Manor Park, said in a statement.
Bryan added that the park staffs were warned when the girl fell into the water. “The theme park staff tried to help her and an air ambulance airlifted her to a hospital nearby,” he said.
The girl was a student at the Jameah Academy in Leicester and she was on a school trip to the park when the mishap happened. The school also released a statement confirming the news of death of Jannath. The school also said they would remain closed on May 10 to pay respect to their student and show support for her family.
“As a school community, we are deeply shocked and our thoughts are with our pupil’s family and friends. The school will ensure specially trained staff are in school to provide our pupils and staff support at this difficult time,” it said. The school’s website describes the institution as an “independent Islamic school.”
The park, in one of its statement on his official Facebook account said that it would remain closed Wednesday “as a mark of respect to the family.” However, the park authorities did not mention how long the ride in question would be suspended.
After Jannath fell into the water, she was rescued by an air ambulance and taken to the nearest hospital, the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. However, she was pronounced dead after sometime.
“On arrival, the crew discovered a girl with serious injuries who had been rescued from the water by park staff,” a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said.
“Ambulance staff administered advanced life support before she was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the doctor continuing treatment en route.” He added: “Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at hospital the girl passed away.”
Staffordshire Police told BBC that there was an undergoing Health and Safety Executive investigation at the park.
Police also said it was an “extremely difficult time” for Jannath’s family and relatives and so the authorities are providing support from specially trained officers for a proper investigation to be conducted.
Vikki Treacy whose son also fell from the same ride in 2013 told BBC that her son, Patrick had “sort of stood up” for a picture and fell from the boat.
Treacy said: “When you are queuing up, the loud speakers are telling you the safety instructions, like please stay seated. [But] they’re getting excited and giddy, they’re not listening to a tannoy are they? [After he fell] I panicked and a woman… in the spectators’ bit, hopped over a…