11-year-old dies following incident at Drayton Manor

Police have confirmed an 11-year-old girl has died following an incident at Drayton Manor theme park.

Emergency services were called to the park near Tamworth around 2.20pm following reports a child had fallen from a water ride.

It is believed the girl was from the Leicester area, and was at the park on a school trip.

A message on the Drayton Manor Twitter account this afternoon confirmed they were responding to an incident on the Splash Canyon ride.

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.”

Superintendent Carl Ratcliffe, of Staffordshire Police, said: “Specially-trained officers are supporting the girl’s family at this difficult time. Our thoughts are very much with her family and friends following this tragic incident.”

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had been informed of the incident.

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “It is absolutely sad and shocking news to hear how a day of adventure has ended in such tragedy for this young girl and our thoughts are very much with her family and friends this evening.

“Drayton Manor Theme Park was opened as a family business back in 1949 and I know the Bryan family, who are still involved with the park today, will be absolutely devastated by this accident and will undoubtedly do all they can to help find out how this tragic accident occurred.”


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