Police name schoolgirl who died in Drayton Manor incident

Drayton Manor theme park was shut today as a mark of respect following the death of an 11-year-old girl who fell from a water ride on Tuesday.

She has been named by police as Evha Jannath, from the Jameah Girls Academy in Leicester.

The Splash Canyon rapids ride was closed after she apparently fell into the water.

A statement from the park, near Tamworth in Staffordshire, said yesterday: “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.

“Our staff were alerted that an 11-year-old girl had entered the water. Trained park staff were immediately on the scene attending to the patient and West Midlands Air Ambulance arrived and airlifted her to the hospital.

“We are all shocked and devastated and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this tremendously difficult time.”

Staffordshire Police said she was confirmed dead shortly after arrival at hospital.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed about the incident.

The girl’s parents have been informed and are being supported by officers.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “An ambulance, a senior paramedic officer, a paramedic area support officer, a rapid response paramedic, a community first responder and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.

“The first resource was on scene within seven minutes.”

The theme park said that the HSE has not asked for the park to be closed today but the decision had been made as a mark of respect to the girl’s family.

Park company director George Bryan, whose grandfather opened the site in the 1950s, said he was “truly shocked and devastated” by the death.

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

It added it was providing support to pupils and staff and “liaising with the relevant authorities”.