Published: Mon, May 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

UK theme park closed after 11-year-old dies on water ride

THE SCHOOL GIRL who died following an incident at a United Kingdom theme park has been named as 11-year-old Evha Jannath.

Evha Jannath died after falling from the Splash Canyon ride.

In a statement, 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 recovered from the water and received advanced life support from ambulance crews before she was flown to Birmingham Children's Hospital, where she died.

In a statement issued Wednesday by police, the Jannath family said Evha "was a lovely little girl who was full of love and always smiling".

One report suggested Evha had stood up during the Splash Canyon ride and hit her head as she fell into the choppy water.

Drayton Manor was closed for a second day today to allow Health and Safety Executive (HSE) officials to continue their investigation.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Evha nearly missed the trip due to not having suitable clothing and had to borrow some from her school at the last minute. "We will be providing specialist support for our pupils and staff and we ask to be given the time and space to come to terms with our huge loss".

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the victim of this awful tragedy at this hard time.

The ride opened in 1993 and features up to 21 boats, each with a capacity of six people, and offers "a wild ride" with "fast-flowing rapids".

"We are trying to make sense of this bad tragedy".

It was filmed by a member of the public at Drayton Manor park on Sunday showing a family of five - including three children - on the Splash Canyon rapids water ride.

A spokesman for the company, which was fined £5m in 2015 for the crash on its Smiler rollercoaster, said: "We are aware of the tragic events at Drayton Manor and our thoughts are with the family and all of those affected".

Evha was visiting the park while on a school trip with Jameah Girls Academy, an integrated Islamic day school for girls in Leicester. They said: "Words can not describe the pain and loss we feel".

"We are liaising with the relevant authorities at this time".

Zainab Mohammad, 26, whose 16-year-old sister Summayyah is a student at the school, told the Leicester Mercury: "Everybody is in shock".

He said Evha had an older brother, thought to be at university, and the family lived locally.

According to police, a full Health and Safety Executive investigation is now underway at the park, and Jannath's family is being supported by "specially trained officers". The school issued a statement saying her family and school friends needed "time to grieve".

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