Girl, 11, dies after falling from ride at Drayton Manor

A young girl has died after falling into water at Drayton Manor, a theme park located in Staffordshire. The incident occurred today, on the afternoon of Tuesday 9th on the Splash Canyon ride.

Trained staff were, apparently, immediately on the scene and the emergency services were called to the theme park at 14.25. West Midlands Air ambulance air lifted the girl to Birmingham Children’s hospital where she passed away later in the day.

HSE tweeted at around 17.00 that they had been made aware of the incident and are making initial inquiries along with emergency services.

HSE tweet about Drayton Manor death

 

The incident comes less than a year after Merlin Entertainments were fined £5m for rollercoaster crash on the Smiler ride at Alton Towers, which left five people seriously injured.

In a statement by Drayton Manor Director, George Bryan commented: “We are all shocked and devastated and our thoughts are with her family and friends and this tremendously difficult time.”

Drayton Manor will be closed on Wednesday 10th May.

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