Schoolgirl Who Died At Drayton Manor Park Is Named

The schoolgirl who died after falling from the Splash Canyon water ride at Drayton Manor theme park has been named as 11-year-old Evha Jannath from Leicester.

Evha was on a school trip when the tragedy happened yesterday afternoon. She was pulled from the water and treated by paramedics before she was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, but could not be saved.

Both Eva's school, Jameah Girls Academy, and the theme park, at Drayton Bassett, near Tamworth, were closed today as marks of respect.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation has now begun with the full support of Staffordshire Police. The force said in a statement:

“The family are being supported by specially-trained officers. We would ask everyone to respect the family’s right to grieve in private during this extremely difficult time.”

Evha reportedly had to borrow clothing from her school at the last moment before going on the trip. A friend told The Daily Telegraph that she died on what should have been her last ride before going home. The girl said:

“Evha came to school but didn’t have the right clothes for the trip so she borrowed some. It meant she could go with everyone else.

“I saw her at the park but I didn’t see what happened. I think it was her last ride before going home, it’s really sad."

According to one parent at the Jameah Academy, an integrated Islamic day school for girls in Leicester, the girl fell from one of the boats when it hit a rock. She told the Mail Online:

“The girl got up to change seats...just then it hit a rock and she got knocked out of the boat and fell in the water and the water currents dragged her in.”

The parent, who asked not to be named, said the girl disappeared from view after falling from the ride .

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