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Tragic death of schoolgirl at Drayton Manor

Tragic death of schoolgirl at Drayton Manor

Are theme parks still safe for children? It seems that in recent light with the failings of Alton Towers and now Drayton Manor even school trips can end in tragedy.

Evha Jannath, from Leicester, was on a school trip to Drayton Manor in Tamworth, when disaster struck on the Splash Canyon water ride on Tuesday afternoon. Evha was on the water rapids ride with teachers and fellow pupils when she fell into the choppy water.

Reports have suggested that the eleven year old girl stood up to change seats during the ride when her boat hit a rock causing her to fall into the water. It is believed that she hit her head on the way into the rapids and then failed to resurface from the water. The schoolgirl suffered serious injuries after the incident on the Splash Canyon river rapids ride and later died in hospital.

George Bryan, a director of Drayton Manor, made the statement, “Our staff were alerted that an 11-year-old girl had entered the water. Trained park staff were immediately on scene tending the patient and West Midlands ambulance arrived and airlifted her to hospital. We are all truly shocked and devastated, and our thoughts are with the family and friends at this horrendously difficult time.”

The theme park is to remain closed for the day as a mark of respect and the school Evha attended, Jameah Academy, in Leicester will also remained closed today.

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