Staffordshire theme park closed today following death of a school girl

Drayton Manor theme park is closed today as a mark of respect for the 11 year-old girl who died yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the Staffordshire attraction following reports a youngster had fallen from the Splash Canyon ride.

The 11 year-old, a pupil at Jameah Academy in Leicester, was flown to Birmingham Children's Hospital but died shortly after arriving.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it had been called at 2.18pm on Tuesday, with an emergency response team on the scene within seven minutes.

"Crews discovered a girl with serious injuries who had been rescued from the water by park staff," said a spokesman.

He said ambulance staff had given the girl "advanced life support" and that a doctor continued treatment in the helicopter.

Drayton Manor's director, George Bryan, said staff were "immediately on the scene" after the girl fell in.

Appearing visibly shaken, he told reporters: "We're all truly shocked and devastated and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this tremendously difficult time."

Jameah Academy did not name the year six girl, but said in a statement that it was "liaising with the relevant authorities" and supporting pupils and staff.

The statement said the school would be closed on Wednesday.

"Please be assured that the safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils is a priority," it added.

Specially trained police are supporting the girl's family and the Health and Safety Executive is making "initial inquiries".

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