Drayton Manor remains closed after death of 11-year-old girl

Drayton Manor theme park was shut today as a mark or respect after an 11-year-old girl died on a ride on Tuesday.

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

Staffordshire Police said the girl, from the Jameah Girls Academy in Leicester, was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

She was confirmed dead shortly after arrival at hospital.

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

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

Supt Carl Ratcliffe, from Staffordshire Police, told the BBC: “We were called at 2.25pm this afternoon to reports that a child had fallen from a water ride at Drayton Manor Park.”

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”.

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