Drayton Manor Theme Park Closes Following A Fatal Accident On Tuesday

#WeGotYourBack #WeGotItCovered #BreakingNews #UK #ITVNews #Tamworth #Birmingham #DraytonManor #ThemeparkAccident #FatalAccident #GirlDies

An 11-year-old girl has died after falling in the water on a ride at Drayton Manor theme park in Tamworth.

The girl, who was on a school trip, was airlifted to hospital after emergency services were called to the Splash Canyon ride at around 2.20pm on Tuesday afternoon.

Director of the theme park George Bryan said: “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 our rides this afternoon.

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

The park added it would remain closed on Wednesday 10 May as a mark of respect to the girl’s family.

Superintendent Carl Ratcliffe, of Staffordshire Police, said the girl’s family, who live in Leicester, were being supported by specially-trained officers.

The ride was closed following the incident which has now been passed on to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a girl with serious injuries who had been rescued from the water by park staff.

“Ambulance staff administered advanced life support before she was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the doctor continuing treatment en-route.

“Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at hospital the girl passed away.”

The family have requested that their wishes are respected at this difficult time.

Staff at the scene.
Staff at the scene. Credit: Jade Braham/PA Wire

The theme park’s website states the ride, which opened in 1993, features up to 21 boats, each with up to six people in.

It is open to anyone at least 0.9m (3ft) tall, although those under 1.1m must be accompanied by an adult.

The website promises “a wild ride” with “fast-flowing rapids”.

In a statement, the victim’s school, Jameah Girls Academy, assured parents “the safety and well-being of all our pupils is a priority”.

It added support was being provided to pupils and staff following the tragedy.

The air ambulance on the scene.
The air ambulance on the scene. Credit: David Charles/PA Wire