THE family of an 11-year-old who died on a theme park ride have paid tribute to their “beautiful little girl”.
Evha Jannath, from Leicester, fell into water on the river rapids Splash Canyon ride at the Drayton Manor Park yesterday.
An investigation is under way into what caused the accident on Tuesday afternoon.
A statement released through Staffordshire Police said: “Yesterday our world was torn apart by the news that our daughter and sister Evha, had lost her life in tragic circumstances, following a school trip to Drayton Manor Park.
“Evha was a beautiful little girl who was full of love and always smiling.
“Words cannot describe the pain and loss we feel, we are devastated that we will not see our beautiful little girl again.
“We ask that you allow us to grieve in private and deal with our loss as a family.”
The pupil at Leicester’s Jameah Girls Academy was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital but died shortly after arriving.
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: “Evha sadly died after falling from a water ride at the theme park.
“She was recovered from the water and received advanced life support from ambulance crews before she was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where she later passed away.
“A Health and Safety Executive investigation has now begun with the full support of Staffordshire Police.
“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.”