AN 11-year-old girl has died following an incident at Drayton Manor Theme Park this afternoon.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a patient who had fallen into water at 2.18pm.
An ambulance, a senior paramedic officer, a paramedic area support officer, a rapid response paramedic, a community first responder and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire, with a MERIT trauma doctor on board, were sent to the scene. The first resource was on scene within seven minutes.
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 the girl was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the doctor continuing treatment en-route.
“Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at hospital it became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed deceased.”
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.”
He added the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had been informed of the incident.
Staffordshire Police say that the family have requested that their wishes are respected at this difficult time.
A spokesperson for Drayton Manor Park has said: “Our staff were alerted that an 11 year old girl had entered the water. Trained park staff were immediately on the scene attending to the patient and West Midlands Air Ambulance arrived and air lifted her to the hospital.
“We are all shocked and devastated and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this tremendously difficult time.”
Tamworth Informed would like to pass on their thoughts and condolences at this difficult time to all persons affected by the incident.