An 11-year-old girl who died after falling from a water ride at Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire has been named as Evha Jannath.
Evha fell out of a boat on the Splash Canyon attraction during a school trip yesterday. The pupil, from Leicester, was rescued from the water and taken to hospital but pronounced dead a short time later.
A statement released by Evha’s family said: “Yesterday our world was torn apart by the news that our daughter and sister Evha, had lost her life in tragic circumstances, following a school trip to Drayton Manor Park. Evha was a beautiful little girl who was full of love and always smiling. Words cannot describe the pain and loss we feel, we are devastated that we will not see our beautiful little girl again. We ask that you allow us to grieve in private and deal with our loss as a family.”
The theme park is to remain closed for the day as a mark of respect. The girl’s school, Jameah Girls Academy in Leicester, is also closed.
In a statement, the Islamic day school asked that the Year 6 pupil’s family and school community be given “time to grieve”.
“It is with the deepest sadness that we issue the following statement: Parents and carers will be aware that pupils and staff of Jameah Academy in Leicester went on a school trip to Drayton Manor Park on Tuesday 9th May 2017. Whilst at the theme park, a tragic incident took place where one of our Year 6 pupils was airlifted to hospital. Sadly, she later passed away.
“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. We would request that the family and the school community are given time to grieve. Please be assured that the safety and wellbeing of our pupils is our foremost priority. We are liaising with the relevant authorities and therefore we are unable to provide any further information at this time.”
Janaza prayers have been said for the girl at the Jameah Mosque in Leicester. And Staffordshire Police said a Health and Safety Executive investigation had begun.
The ride, which opened in 1993 and features up to 21 boats each with a capacity of six people, closed following the incident at the park near Tamworth. It offers a “a wild ride” with “fast-flowing rapids” and riders must be at least 0.9m (3ft) tall to board, although those under 1.1m must be accompanied by an adult.
Drayton Manor said it could not comment on the claims while the Splash Canyon investigation was ongoing.
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